English

What Is It?:

English is organized to provide instruction in literature, literary theory and criticism, expository and creative writing, writing studies, education, film, cultural studies, and closely related fields. Students have many choices in planning a field of study, but the program is designed to accommodate students who seek to broaden their familiarity with literature, to intensify their language skills for personal and professional reasons, and to learn more about literature's relationship to other arts, history, philosophy, psychology, and the modern languages.

For more information, please visit the Department of English

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ENGL 101—Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 102—Introduction to Drama
  • ENGL 103—Introduction to Fiction
  • ENGL 200—Introduction to the Study of Literature

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

 

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Actor or Actress
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Archivist
  • Art Critic
  • Author
  • Bibliographer
  • Book Critic
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Campaign Manager
  • Claims Examiner
  • Columnist
  • Commentator
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Critic
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Editor or Writer
  • Educator
  • Fact Checker
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Historical Society Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Media Analyst
  • Media Specialist
  • Museum Curator
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Personnel Manager
  • Playwright
  • Proofreader
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Speech Writer
  • Teacher
  • Textbook or Technical Writer

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Campaign Manager
  • Claims Examiner
  • Communications Specialist
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Copy Writer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Critic
  • Customer Service Rep.
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Editor/Writer
  • Fact Checker
  • Fundraiser
  • Journalist
  • Historical Society Specialist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Librarian
  • Media Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Museum Curator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Sales Representative
  • Teacher

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

Related Skills:

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to conduct/explain research
  • Ability to make critical observations/decisions
  • Ability to read analytically
  • Ability to read for style/ideas
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills
  • High proficiency in reading/writing/speaking

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in English, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to English.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of English.  These organizations include Magazine Publishers of America, Society for Technical Communication, and American Copy Editors Society.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in English, visit Undergraduate Programs.