Major Description

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.


There are two concentrations offered through English.


Allows students to focus on literatures in English and the practices of literary theory and criticism, while encouraging them to explore the English language, expository and creative writing, writing studies, film, and other closely-related fields. 

Intended for students planning to complete the Teacher Education Minor in Secondary School Teaching.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • ENGL 200—Introduction to the Study of Literature

For additional suggestions, students should consult with an English department advisor prior to the start of the registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

English prepares students for a variety of different career paths.

  • High proficiency in reading/writing/speaking
  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills
  • 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
  • Ability to relate to others with empathy and understanding
  • Actor or Actress
  • 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
  • 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
  • Writer
Enhancing Your Academic Experience:
Further Information:

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 AmericaSociety for Technical Communication, and American Copy Editors Society.