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Trela Anderson, Vickie Bannon, Ji Young Kim

Chancellor James Anderson, Wes Moore, and Carole Boston Weatherford

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?

  • Take courses in film, hip hop, digital media, creative and professional writing, multicultural literature or legal studies as well as the classics.
  • Intern, tutor, present at symposia, perform at open mics, and work on publications.
  • Gain analytical, research, communication, and critical thinking skills to succeed on the job and in graduate or professional school.

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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Frequently Asked Questions  

What degrees does the department offer?

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.

What minors the does department offer?

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

Is there a pre-law major?

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.

How can I make the most of an English major?

Participate in English Matters Colloquiums and the Senior Seminar symposium, contribute to Conjure literary journal, and apply for departmental internships.

What careers can English majors pursue?

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.

How do I major or minor in English?

Choose your major or minor on Banner.

What graduate certificates does the department offer?

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.

  1. When and where do courses meet? All writing certificate courses are online. Courses are offered during the fall, spring and summer.
  2. Do I have to apply to the University? Yes. Apply through Admissions.
  3. Is the Graduate Record Exam required? No
  4. When is the application deadline? Applications are reviewed and students are admitted year-round. Apply through Admissions.
  5. Are transfer credits accepted? No, not for certificate programs.
  6. May I earn multiple certificates? Yes, but the credit hours for each course may count toward only one certificate. Double-dipping is not allowed, and course substitutions may be needed.

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Department Administration 

Dr. Trela Anderson
Department Chair

Dr. Ji Young Kim
Assistant Chair

Ms. Vickie Bannon
Admin. Support Associate

G.L. Butler Building, Suite 123
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301

Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Phone: (910) 672-1416
Fax: (910) 672-1425    

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