We help students grow as writers, readers, and people with the skills and experiences that employers seek.
A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers lists written communication skills as the single most desirable attribute employers seek. Similarly, Google’s Project Oxygen revealed the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills cultivated by humanities degrees including communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, particularly those with different values and points of view, and being able to make connections across complex ideas. These “soft skills” are all part of the experience our courses and co-curricular activities work to instill.
Find more in-depth details on our undergraduate offerings below.
Our curriculum in English seeks to help students develop their skills in writing, critical thinking, and literary analysis, gain an appreciation for and practical knowledge of the modes of literary expressions, prepare for advanced work in English language and literature and for professional employment.
Those particularly high-achieving students seeking an opportunity to write a scholarly, creative, or scholarly/creative hybrid thesis during their senior year can apply to pursue the Distinguished English Major.
Earn both the B.A. in English and M.A. in English in a minimum of five years by completing approved graduate courses during your senior undergraduate year.
With a minimum of 18 credits in English coursework, you can complete one of our five available minors.
Get course credit for internships involving writing, editing, research, or teaching so you get the experience you need to be future-ready.
Explore department-specific scholarships plus those offered to students in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and learn about how we recognize outstanding English students.