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Description of the Major and Minor:

English majors and minors 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.

In addition to the English minor, the department offers minors in Creative Writing, Linguistics, New Media and Digital Culture, and Southern Studies. 


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   Children's 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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