UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS 

http://www.siue.edu/ENGLISH/Resources/careers.html
 http://www.msstate.edu/dept/English/EnCelebs.html
Why major in English?  http://www.ecu.edu/english/undergrad/whymajor.htm
http://english.wvu.edu/current_undergraduate_students/why_major_in_english_

English Major Bookshelf  http://www.auburn.edu/english/ug/major/bookshelf.htm

Major in English Mississippi

MAJORING IN ENGLISH
FROM COLLEGEBOARD

  If you love to curl up with a good book, then majoring in English might be for you. But there's a lot more to studying English than just reading novels, short stories, plays, and poetry by English-speaking writers. You'll have to examine what you read and come up with opinions about it. For example, you might have to explain a book's main theme or show what it reveals about cultural stereotypes. You'll then have to share your views in class discussions and in papers.

One of the great things about majoring in English is that you can bring your personal interests into your studies. For instance, you can focus on the literature of a certain time period, location, or author.

English majors read, discuss, and write about the literature and culture of English-speaking people. They also learn about the history, structure, and use of the English language.


      

  SOME GENERAL INFORMATION FOR XXXXXXX MAJORS FROM COLLEGEBOARD.COM 

       Are You Ready To...?

  • Write twenty-five-page papers
  • Read literary criticism
  • Discuss your ideas
  • Compare different ways of
    interpreting the same work
  • Manage your time well so you
    can complete all the reading
    and writing you are assigned
  • Get practical experience
    interning, editing or writing
    for the school newspaper or
    literary journal, or peer
    tutoring
  • Attend readings and participate
    in other related activities
  • Consider studying Joyce in
    Dublin, Shakespeare in
    Cambridge, or another author
    in his own country  
 

It Helps to Be ... 

  • A person who loves to read
    different types of texts and
    who enjoys analyzing this
    material.
  • A person with strong writing
    and speaking skills.
  • A person who is creative
    and who likes to work
    independently will be a good
    fit.
 
     

Course Spotlight

You'll probably begin your studies
by taking surveys of British and
American literature. These courses
often cover large stretches of
literary history. For example, you
may take a class that examines
American literature up to 1900
or British literature up to 1700.
Expect short papers and a final
exam. A typical final involves
matching quotes to their authors
or scenes to their texts,
responding to short-answer
questions, and writing a short
essay. 

 

Typical Major Courses

  • American literature before
    1900
  • Authors of the developing
    world
  • Continental literature
  • History of English
  • Linguistic analysis of
    modern English
  • Literary theory and criticism
  • Literature by ethnic minorities
  • Literature by women
  • Modern literature in English
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Victorian literature
  • Works of Chaucer
 
     
     

LINKS RELEVANT TO ENGLISH MAJORS 
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  Guilford College (Greensboro, North Carolina), after discussing Related
  Career Titles for English Majors
and Related Major Skills, provides many
  WEBSITES RELEVANT TO THE ENGLISH MAJOR
.
  Alvernia College provides LINKS relevant to English majors.
  Career Services at the Univesity of North Carolina at Wilmington 
  provides a list of links of interest to English majors (go to CAREER   
  SERVICES and then clink on their Related Web Sites.

 
 



   


 

 
   


   





 

SO YOU WANT TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL [IN ENGLISH]? The author of this June 3, 2003 article from the Chronicle of Higher Education attempts to discourage undergraduates from attempting to earn a Ph.D. in English. The author notes that, "The Modern Language Association's own data -- very conservative and upbeat in my opinion -- indicate that only about one in five newly-admitted graduate students in English will eventually become tenure-track professors.




SOME SKILLS AND VALUES
APPROPRIATE FOR THOSE
MAJORING IN ENGLISH


  The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  lists RELATED MAJOR SKILLS for English majors.

  Alvernia College (Reading, Pennsylvania), after quickly answering the question
What Can I Do with a Major in English, lists Skills, Values, Leisure Activities, and Strategies (for increasing your career options.   some SKILLS AND VALUES appropriate for
  those majoring in English.

 

 

      

  The question WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN ENGLISH  is answered quite well by the
  University of Texas Career Exploration Center with "a list of job titles and job descriptions 
  of entry-level positions for which graduates with a B.A. in English might be hired."

   

  The Mississippi State University English Department answers the question  
  WHO WOULD MAJOR IN ENGLISH with a list of English majors who were
  successful as a writer or successfully made non-traditional use of their English   
  degree or degrees.
 


 


 



 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH
AN UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
IN ENGLISH

The Texas Christian University (TCU) English Department gives a list of "FAMOUS PEOPLE" (rock stars, movie stars, athletic stars, and other economic parasites) who majored in English. Perhaps better role models can be found.

 

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