Students majoring or minoring in English discover a world of invigorating intellectual experiences and future career opportunities.
Although many English majors follow more traditional paths such as teaching or graduate study, the range of professional uses for an English major today is growing ever wider.
Students committing themselves to English studies become thoughtful, analytical, and articulate professionals in all walks of life. From the corporate world to the publishing industry to the legal profession and beyond, English majors have essential and transferable skills that can be applied to any rewarding endeavor.
These skills are derived in large part from English majors’ encounters with ideas that require an appreciation of the nuances and ambiguities of human interaction. By learning to be critical readers of difficult texts and by coming to grips with different voices and perspectives in those texts, English students become eminently adaptable learners whose intellectual understanding can be applied to almost any vocation or line of work.
The lifelong skills nurtured in the Department of English include:
Within the English Department, the course offerings serve four interrelated purposes:
English majors, whatever their focus or career aspirations, ought to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and display a commanding mastery of these qualities. English majors are trained to be shrewd interpreters of culture and practiced, articulate writers with skills transferable to any profession requiring eloquence of writing, speech, and thought.
English majors are mentored to display a comprehensive understanding of literary traditions, as well as the changes and challenges to those traditions posed by new perspectives and new media. As part of that awareness, majors are exposed to contemporary literary and cultural theory, as well as the signal achievements of literary artists past and present.
The Department of English fosters a distinctive culture of study and achievement within which a variety of educational and professional goals may be pursued, including careers in Secondary Education, graduate study in English or other disciplines, work in the business or non-profit worlds, entrance into professional schools of law and medicine, or any career path in which strong analytical and communicative skills are prized.
English is an ideal choice for students looking not merely for interesting courses or tracks within a major, but for a discipline to pair creatively with other majors or programs at the College.
English majors also may be certiﬁed in secondary education and prepared to teach English on the secondary level.
Specialized Areas of Study Students can focus on a number of academic concentrations within the major, including Theater, Writing, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies.
English Honors Program Students who meet the following English Department requirements will graduate with honors:
The public presentation may include, but is not limited to, an oral or poster presentation at the College’s Arts, Research, and Scholarship Symposium, publication of creative work in the Woodcrest magazine, or presentation before the SEPCHE Honors Colloquium.
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