Few majors provide you with more highly marketable skills for a variety of careers than the English major. The creative and critical thinking skills that you learn as an English major are highly valued in today's fast-paced and competitive market.
As an English major, you will develop skills to become a critical reader, writer, and thinker through the study of diverse literary genres, writing strategies, and research skills. There are four different areas of emphasis in the English major including:
The creative writing emphasis focuses on the development and writing of original works and promotes opportunity for self-expression, emphasizing the relationship between writer and audience, while also exposing students to the professional world of publishing.
The general writing emphasis
provides students the opportunity to develop critical reading, writing, and
thinking skills through exposure to a variety of primary and secondary texts. Students learn to recognize that all speech acts occur in a
specific rhetorical context and are trained to communicate effectively in
genres appropriate to those contexts.
The literature emphasis teaches students to
become scholars who can think critically and analyze written, oral, and
visual texts in a variety of genres. The focus helps to develop an understanding of the
relationship between writer and audience and teaches students to situate texts within relative
social, cultural, and historical contexts.
The teaching emphasis exposes students to the best teaching practices in the field and helps them to maintain an awareness of changing teaching pedagogies while developing their abilities as critical readers, writers, and thinkers.
English majors can earn positions in a wide variety of industries. Here are a few examples of English specific careers:
Other opportunities allow for practical training and include working as an intern, attending professional conferences and workshops, and working for the University's Writing Center. Such experiences help make you more attractive to graduate schools as well as prospective employers. Based in part on such training, recent graduates of our program have received scholarships to pursue graduate studies.