The English major is designed to expose undergraduate students to advanced uses of the English language. This begins with broad exposure to both British and American literary heritage, but the English major also offers opportunities to explore the linguistic bases underlying English and the effective uses of written English in both creative and professional capacities.
Interests and Skills
English majors are expected to develop critical thinking skills that manifest themselves abundantly in advanced reading and writing skills. They are expected to learn how to identify original ideas and then to develop them into a piece of effective writing. Such interests and skills should have wide applicability in the workaday world outside the university.
Whatever their special interests may be, undergraduates who major in English work toward acquiring a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English. There are opportunities to participate in the department’s Honors Program, to be inducted into the department’s chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and to work for and publish in the department’s own undergraduate journals.
The career opportunities for those majoring in English are numerous. There are various opportunities for those who would like to go for graduate work and countless opportunities in the field of teaching, from elementary up through higher education and even for teaching English abroad. An English major is also a customary route for those seeking admission to Law School. It is becoming an increasingly common route for admission to business or medical schools. It has always been a favorite for those employers who value advanced reading, writing, and editing skills.
Types of Jobs Accepted
Advanced reading and writing skills have led to employment in a variety of jobs, but the department’s English majors most commonly pursue graduate work in English (Penn, UCLA, Virginia, Georgetown, Cornell, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Florida, Texas (Austin), and Toronto). Others have pursued law degrees at institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Duke, Michigan, Virginia, and Alabama. Others have gone on to receive medical degrees from such respected institutions as UAB, University of Virginia, and USA. Alumni include Rhodes scholars, Mellon fellows, Fulbright scholars, published writers of considerable distinction and achievement, even a couple of authors of best sellers.
Jobs of Experienced Alumni
Alumni include, as might be expected, countless college professors and instructors across the land as well as numerous writers of distinction. Alumni also include, as might not be expected, doctors, lawyers, business executives, and people of accomplishment in all walks of life.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|EN 101||EN 102|
|MATH COURSE||HI COURSE|
|HU OR FA||FA COURSE|
|FL COURSE||FL COURSE|
|ELECTIVE COURSE||ELECTIVE COURSE|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|EN 205||L SEQUENCE COURSE|
|EN 206||EN 210|
|N COURSE||N COURSE|
|SB COURSE||SB COURSE|
|FOREIGN LANGUAGE||FOREIGN LANGUAGE|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|EN PRE 1660||EN T/W/L|
|EN 18-19 CEN||EN 300-499|
|HI OR SB||MINOR COURSES|
|MINOR COURSE||ELECTIVE 300-499|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|EN 400 - LEVEL W||EN 400-LEVEL W|
|EN 300-499||EN 400-499|
|MINOR 300-499||MINOR 300-499|
|MINOR COURSE||MINOR ELECTIVE|
|ELECTIVE COURSE||ELECTIVE COURSE|
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