Many students choose to major in English because they love to read and write. As an English major, you’ll be taught by our award-winning faculty of scholar-teachers. Most classes in the major are small, ranging from twenty to thirty-six students. You can expect as an English major to be challenged, stretched, trained, and informed, but we also think that you’ll be amused, moved, amazed, and maybe even transformed. Explore the works of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Toni Morrison. Craft your own poetry or fiction under the guidance of our renowned creative writing faculty. Hone your expository and persuasive skills in our rhetoric courses. Discover new ways to research. Gain academic credit and professional experience as an intern. We hope and expect that you’ll find English to be a labor of love.
The short answer to “What can I do with an English major?” is that you can do a LOT. In your English classes you will gain a keen awareness of the power of language as a reader and writer. In your study of literature, rhetoric, and theory and in your creation of your own creative and critical work you will develop critical thinking and research skills, improve your writing, explore your passions, and broaden your cultural awareness. Most employers say that they are looking for these flexible skills in brand new professional hires. English majors use their skills and historical and cultural knowledge in many fields—some work in publishing, advertising, editing, or teaching, but many are journalists, creative writers, lawyers, copywriters, librarians, and valued members in human resource teams, nongovernmental agencies, and public service offices.
Because the UNCG English major requires only 36 hours of course work, it provides great flexibility for widely varying educational and career plans: see the requirements here [Paul, add link]. If you consider your options carefully and choose courses wisely, you can tailor a course of study unique to your interests and needs. And at UNCG, we offer our courses morning, afternoon, and early evening to fit a range of student schedules.
For help in deciding whether to become an English major, meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, talk to UNCG English faculty, and consult the Guide for English Majors and Minors.