CHASS Honors student John Vance does research in DH Hill Library. PHOTO BY ROGER WINSTEAD

People may ask you why you want to be an English major, and beyond telling them that you enjoy reading and writing, you might enjoy having some evidence to demonstrate that it is a versatile–and valuable–degree. Just take a look at the many career options open to English majors or the lengthy list of famous people who earned degrees in English. Another great resources is Dear English Major, a website dedicated to showing English majors all that is possible with an English degree. These pages may give you some ideas about your own future.  Read this interesting article about an alum of the department!

Based on a strong general education foundation in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, the undergraduate major in English is built around a set of core requirements. All English majors take six courses (18 hours) in American, British, and World Literature, Film, Rhetoric, and Linguistics.

Beyond the core, English majors must choose a 21 hour concentration from the following five options:

Creative Writing, Film Studies, Language Writing & Rhetoric, Linguistics, Literature, Teacher Education

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