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The study of English Language and Literature pays off in more ways than you can imagine. Employers value creative professionals with strong reading and writing skills. An English degree provides you with a solid background in cultural literacy and gives you that special edge. Credentials in English polish your presentation skills, sharpen your critical thinking abilities, and lead to great futures. Collaborate with faculty who are distinguished scholars, experienced editors, and award-winning authors. Specialize in business, academic, or creative writing. The FSU Department of English features small, writing-intensive courses that will enhance your résumé. From Pre-Law to Teaching Licensure, earning a degree in English generates the resources and content needed for building a solid career portfolio.
Want your education to pay off? English courses will prepare you for law school and for careers in teaching, technical writing, publishing, public relations, marketing, finance, new media, and the arts. Our graduates are editors, lawyers, managers, community organizers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Some alums even teach overseas.
What can you do in the English Department?
Continuing the legacy of Charles W. Chesnutt, the first major African-American novelist and an early leader of the school that became Fayetteville State University
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B.A. in English Language and Literature (120 hours)
B.A. in English, Teaching Licensure Concentration/Secondary Education (120 hours)
See degree requirements and course descriptions on the department's website.
A flexible 18-hour minor in English
A new 18-hour minor in Writing
A new 180-hour minor in Teaching of English as a Second Language
No. But the Law School Admissions Council calls English-which develops reading, writing, research and analytical skills-one of the best majors to get into law school. The English Department offers a course in legal writing and a one in legal studies that prepares students for the LSAT and produces personal statements for law school applications.
Participate in English Matters Colloquiums and the Senior Seminar symposium, contribute to Conjure literary journal, and apply for departmental internships.
The English major is versatile. With a degree in English, you can do just about anything. Our department's graduates go on to law school and graduate school and work in such fields as teaching, editing, technical writing, publishing, public relations, advertising, finance, sales, marketing, and in the arts, government and nonprofit sector. Many highly successful people were English majors, including movie directors James Cameron and Steven Spielberg, actors Vin Diesel, Matt Damon, Reese Witherspoon and James Franco, late New York governor Mario Cuomo and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
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The Department of English offers graduate certificates in Professional Writing, Teaching of Writing, and Teaching English as a Second Language add-on licensure. For more information, see the questions and answers below.