For many English majors, the road after graduation is not always smooth. The key to a successful career in the US that involves the use of English often lies in a subject called “special topics.”
With this degree or certification you will be able to teach or tutor students, write articles and blog posts, serve as an interpreter for business meetings, be an editor for websites and blogs, work with information systems in professions like law or medicine – essentially these are all careers where knowledge of “special topics” can lead to success.
Special topics courses look at advanced techniques, theories, and applications of English and involve researching the advantages of different approaches.
In some universities and colleges, special topics courses are called “specializations” or “certifications.” It is important to check with the university you want to attend before you apply.
In order to successfully enter a special topic program, you must have a bachelor’s degree in English, literature or any other related field. Most universities require a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B grade) for applicants .
There is usually an admissions test or exam as part of the application process with questions on vocabulary and grammar – if you need to brush up on your skills check out www.englishclub.com. You may also need to have an interview, or perhaps you would prefer to speak to one of our admissions advisors.
Below is a list of courses that are highly sought after in most special topics programs, as well as common entry requirements for entering different special topic programs:
Typical entry requirements for “specializing” in a specific field. (These are usually based on university policies only, and not the best suggestions for each individual. Please check the university website for more information.)
This is a list of programs that are accredited. Accreditation means that the program is recognized by the appropriate accrediting agency. If you are interested in a special topic certificate or degree program, it is important to check with the university for accreditation requirements and deadlines before applying.