If you are enjoying your time as an English major, you may want to consider doing
further work in the field. That’s where graduate school comes in. The Department
can provide you with a good preparation for advanced study. Some of our students
choose to go on to public and private graduate programs on the continental U.S.;
others choose to enroll in our own Department’s M.A. or Ph.D. programs. Graduate
work can give you advanced preparation to teach at the high school level or it can
lead to a career in research and teaching at the college or university level. For
those with an interest in creative writing, graduate school affords the opportunity
to deepen one’s understanding of various genres and to strengthen one’s own
In order to prepare for graduate school, you will use our major requirements to
plan a program that explores a range of literatures over a broad time span and that
grounds you in critical theory. If you are thinking at all about graduate school,
you should meet with your advisor early on in your major career to map out an a
ppropriate suite of courses. Being able to write well will stand you in good stead,
as will an understanding of different theoretical approaches to literary study.
Most graduate schools, including our own, require one foreign language for the
M.A. and two for the Ph.D., so it would be a good idea to develop a strong
knowledge of at least one language.
If you have questions about course selections or program requirements, ask your
advisor or contact the English Graduate Office in KUY 416 (956.8956).
Quite a few English majors pursue law degrees upon graduation. Many of the
Department’s offerings in advanced expository writing, rhetoric, and editing
have proved to be popular electives for students planning a career in law.
Any course, however, which requires extensive reading, regular written analysis,
and arguments backed up by evidence will be a good choice. Pre-law students
should therefore pay special attention to upper-division WI courses. If you
are considering a career in law, you should consult with the pre-professional
Pre-Health/Pre-Law Advising Center
(PAC), QLC 101. (uhpac(at)hawaii(dot)edu)
Whether you’re a student in the College of Education, or an English major with
plans to teach eventually, the English Department will play an important role
in your preparation as an educator. Secondary school English teachers must take
ten upper-division English courses as part of their B.ED. degree requirements.
English majors who wish to complete their B.A. before seeking teacher certification
should use the B.ED. English requirements as a guide for selecting courses. The
fewer courses you have to take after graduation, the faster you can gain your
certification (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education, or the PBCSE).
Contact Education’s Student Academic Services Office, Wist Annex 2, Room 126
(956.7849) for further information.