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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, news 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.
Congratulations to Professor Carole Boston Weatherford! Her book, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, won the 2016 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor for nonfiction. From Professor Weatherford: "The book, a poetic biography, has won several national awards, including the Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from Bank Street College of Education and the Caldecott Honor, Sibert Honor, and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award from the American Library Association."
ENGL 233-HB1 is partnering with the Writers Club and University College to coordinate, promote and host an Open Mic at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22 in Rudolph Jones Student Center, room 242. Auditions will be held prior to the event. University College will provide refreshments. The Open Mic is in conjunction with the convocation speech by MKAsante, author of Buck, The Chancellor's Reading Club selection for incoming freshmen.
Charles Chesnutt Circle Reception -- November 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (location TBA)
Charles Chesnutt Circle Reception -- April 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (location TBA)
Charles Chesnutt Senior Research Symposium -- May 4, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (location TBA)
CONJURE Journal launch by the Writers Club -- March 29, 2018, 6:00 p.m. (RJSC)
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.