Major Resource Kit

English

Facility in the use of one's language is valuable in many careers and in daily interaction. Studying the literature of one's culture develops this facility through exposure to different verbal styles, practice in oral and written critical analysis and acquaintances with the major themes of human experience.

The Department of English seeks to improve the use of language among students at the University. Freshman classes are limited to 22 students so that students can receive close, personal attention from their instructors; the average size of upper-level classes is 25 students. Students choosing to major in English study a curriculum of British, American and/or comparative literature; they may also specialize in journalism, film, business-technical writing, English-education, or ethnic studies. Courses in creative writing are regularly offered, and the department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Irish studies.

Approximately 25 percent of students majoring in English go on to graduate study in fields such as law, library science, literature or journalism. The skills that many English majors develop in articulation, written communication and analysis are valued by employers in banking, sales, insurance, lobbying, labor relations and social service fields. There are also job opportunities in journalism, publishing and editing, technical writing, advertising, teaching and public relations.

For further information on English majors, students should contact Dr. Stephen Bernhardt, 212 Memorial Hall, or call (302) 831-2362.

Sample Job Titles

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level
Further Education/Experience Often Required

Check the Dictionary of Occupational Titles under section 131 for additional related careers.

Enhancing Employability

Some Employers of English Majors

Other Sources of Information

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