What it's all about

English majors focus on analyzing and interpreting a variety of literature. Novels, short stories, essays, poetry and other works of creative writing are all a part of this field of study. Additionally, your English studies will bring in history, politics, arts and culture, giving you a broad worldview and an ability to think critically on complex ideas.

The more you read and engage in critical thinking and discussion, the more you'll hone your skills in writing and persuasion. Writing for formal purposes for analysis and criticism and writing informally for journaling and creative works matches well with the literature aspects of the degree. In short, the English major develops the individual as both the thinker and the communicator.

You might take classes such as:

  •  Modern British Novel
  •  American Renaissance
  •  Early English Literature

Graduates of this major go on to:

  •  attend law school
  •  become teachers
  •  attend graduate school
  •  work in the publishing industry
  •  find jobs in public relations, communications, grant writing or proposal writing
  •  write and edit for publications, websites or other communications