Students majoring in English engage in close study of a wide range of literature, from traditionally valued American and English works to new literature representing many cultures. They may also choose among many writing courses to develop their talents in exposition and analysis and to do creative work.
English majors typically develop their skills in writing, speech, and research, as well as their analytical and aesthetic judgments as readers. Their study of both the historical development and current usage of the English language helps them to become effective writers and editors.
The English major is a good basis for further graduate study in literature or writing and for professional careers in law, government, the ministry, and all levels of education. It also prepares students for work in journalism and for entrepreneurial, managerial, and executive work requiring skill in oral and written communication. Such fields as public relations, marketing, personnel management, sales, and leadership in non-profit agencies have also welcomed English majors.