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The academic study of English Language and Literature pays off in more ways than you can imagine. Employers value creative professionals with strong communication skills. A degree in English provides you with a solid background in cultural literacy to give you that special edge. Specialize in business, academic, or creative writing. 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. The FSU Department of English features small, writing-intensive courses that help enhance your résumé. From pre-law to teaching licensure, earning a degree in English generates the resources and content needed for building a strong career portfolio.
If you are considering a major in English, you may be wondering what kinds of career options will be available when you graduate. The short answer to that question is that you can do just about anything. The skills that you will develop in reading, writing, analyzing, and researching will prepare you for a variety of careers. Although many English majors do become teachers, the English degree can prepare yo for career in advertising, public relations, marketing, government, journalism, technical writing, and library science. Some English majors travels overseas and teach English as a second language in a foreign country. English also is one of the most common majors for students planning to enter law school. Finally, many medical schools also enthusiastically welcome applicants with backgrounds in language and literature. Here is a brief list of popular jobs for English majors:
A number of highly successful individuals have majored in English, pursuing careers in a wide range of fields. Hollywood directors James Cameron and Steven Spielberg as well as Hollywood actors Vin Diesel, Matt Damon, and James Franco all majored in English. Many prominent politicians, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, also were English majors. Even executives, such as Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Herb Scannell, the President of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks,
We post course descriptions for undergraduate and graduate level courses on the Department of English website. You can find specific information on the topic and texts of many courses in the Undergraduate Course Catalogue and choose the appropriate semester. You can find faculty bios, areas of interest, and publication information under the Faculty & Staff link.
Department of English
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301
G.L. Butler Building, Suite 123
Hours: M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Phone: (910) 672-1416
Fax: (910) 672-1425