Degrees and Programs

Bachelor of Arts in English

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Why Choose English?

There are many reasons why might choose to major in English:

  • You love literature and want to learn how to read and think analytically.
  • You want to learn to write more creatively, clearly, and persuasively.
  • You have an enthusiasm for learning and believe that a broad understanding of culture is essential for personal and professional fulfillment.
  • You want to acquire the professional skills that are most important to future employers.

A degree in English provides students with the skills employers want, making English majors uniquely suited for today’s job market. A degree in English offers you a set of research and critical thinking tools that can be applied in a variety of settings. You'll learn effective communication and research skills that you can take into a variety of careers. A degree in English thoroughly prepares you for a diversity of life paths and career choices.


Graduates in English go on to work as:

  • Public Relations Assistants
  • Teachers
  • Management Trainees
  • Mass Media Assistants
  • Publishing Assistants
  • Editorial Assistants
  • Marketing Specialists

Here are some industries that employ English majors:

  • Publishing
  • Universities
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Telecommunications Organizations
  • Radio Stations
  • Consulting Firms
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Libraries

This program also sets you up to pursue graduate studies in English, law, medicine, and many other fields. View the English program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections. 

    Real-World Experience

    We arm you with the knowledge and experiences they need to transition from student to professional. You will gain hands-on experience through a variety of community-based programs, service-learning opportunities, internships, and research projects.

    Academics and Curriculum

    The English program provides a balanced program of introductory and advanced work in English and American literature, world literature in English, English language and linguistics, and writing. The program offers students the chance to engage in a major humanistic discipline, the study of literature, which is challenging and enriching in itself. The English major also provides sound professional training for those interested in high school or college teaching, the teaching of English as a second language, business or technical writing, or graduate work. And the program is an excellent background for students entering professional schools or planning business careers.

    In choosing electives, you should try to select, in consultation with the departmental advisor, courses that complement your major interest and form a coherent unit of study, or courses that provide an appropriate career-oriented concentration.

    View Bachelor of Arts in English program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


    Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify whether you will be majoring in English.

    If you are a current student and wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major.  If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to your advisor about majoring in English.

    Contact Information

    David H. Wilson, Ph.D.
    Professor of English and Humanities and Social Sciences Unit Director


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