Major in English

“Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing.”

Steve Jobs


Declaring the Major and Orientation

To declare English as your major, or if you declared English as your major upon admission, you are required to attend an English major orientation session. We will assign you to an English faculty advisor who will consult with you to develop a coherent program to address your interests and needs as well as the Department’s requirements. See the English Major Worksheet for major requirements.


Advising Requirement

Majors must meet with their advisor at least once a semester in November and April. Watch for an email reminder from your advisor during these months. If you do not see your English advisor, we will place a hold on your registration.  For advising on general education and graduation requirements, be sure to see an advisor in The Advising Center for AH & LLL (QLC 113) at least once a year.


Course Descriptions

Online course descriptions are posted on the Department’s website every semester prior to every registration period.  The descriptions are written by the instructors and provide helpful details about the courses.


Careers for English Majors

The skills you develop as an English major are highly prized by employers in nearly every profession.  English majors are trained to write clearly, think critically, build arguments, conduct research, and communicate effectively. Graduates apply these transferable skills to jobs in a wide range of fields, including public relations, government administration, publishing, and marketing.  We encourage our majors to enroll in ENG 495: Internship to earn degree credit while applying their learned skills to the professional arena.

English majors often choose careers in teaching.  Some teach English abroad immediately after graduating, while others continue their education to teach in secondary and postsecondary institutions.  Our courses in writing and literature, and specifically ENG 405: Teaching Composition, lay a solid foundation for teaching English.

English is also a top choice for pre-law students.  Our courses in rhetoric, literary analysis, and argumentative writing help to prepare students for the law school admission test as well as for the rigor of law school.

Whichever path you choose, the skills you develop as an English major will help you in your career.