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Description of the Major:

As an English major, students develop the ability to think analytically and creatively and to communicate clearly and persuasively--abilities that are highly desirable in most professional work and fields of graduate study.


Areas of Study:

Students choose from a wide range of courses in British, American, and world literatures; creative writing; film; literary theory; professional and technical writing; and composition and rhetoric.  Such courses may include:

  Gothic Horror   Modern British & American Drama
  Creative Writing Workshop   Contemporary Poetry
  Topics in Shakespeare   Business & Professional Writing
  The Victorian Age   Studies in Southern Literature
  World & Anglophone Literatures   New Media & Literature
  The Language of Film   Gender & Sexuality in Literature


The Student Experience:

  • Students have the opportunity to earn course credit for internships at off-campus sites including local newspapers and magazines, television stations, advertising agencies, law offices, museums, and non-profit organizations.
  • A wide range of study abroad opportunities are available through exchange agreements and through summer travel courses.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities are available with English faculty serving as mentors and advisers.


Beyond the Classroom:

Career opportunities for English majors include:

  • Communications
  • Education
  • Technical Writing & Editing
  • Marketing & Public Relations
  • Law
  • Information Science
  • Publishing
  • Public Service
  • Media
  • Creative Writing


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