Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

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Studying English is about much more than reading and writing; it's a doorway into a realm of career opportunity and creative expression that lasts a lifetime.

English is an ideal major for careers that require skills in critical thinking, reading, and communication, as many businesses and professional schools prefer the well-rounded training that the program provides.

The Curriculum

The English curriculum sharpens critical thinking, reading, and communication skills and promotes an appreciation for literature. You will be encouraged to present your research and creative work at local, regional, and national undergraduate conferences. You may also choose to explore your creative writing abilities and participate in the student-run newspaper, The Echo, the yearbook, Kairos, or the award-winning literary magazine Morning Glory.

The Professors

Your Future

Many businesses and professional schools prefer the well-rounded training of an English major to the specialized focus of a pre-professional major.

For those considering a career in education, the department offers a major tailored for the California single-subject credential. The department also offers a writing concentration for students who want to pursue an MFA or a career in professional writing.

Graduate Schools

  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Trinity University, Dublin
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Antioch University
  • Boston College
  • Arizona State University
  • Emerson College
  • American University in Cairo


  • Creative Media Marketing
  • Dole Food Company
  • ELCA Division for Global Mission
  • J.D. Power & Associates
  • The Trevor Project
  • Louisville High School

Career Paths

  • PR Account Coordinator
  • Consumer Response Specialist
  • Online Operations Manager
  • Research Supervisor
  • Media Research Associate
  • Executive Assistant
  • Magazine Editor
  • Teacher
of our students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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