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English and Modern Languages

Most of us who decide to become English and modern language students do so because we enjoy language and we enjoy reading and writing.  As a student in the department, you will have plenty of opportunities to indulge in these passions.  The wide variety of degree options offers you the theoretical and practical knowledge that will cultivate your desire for learning.  You will be able to experience new literature, further explore the languages and cultures that you already love, and develop your talents as a burgeoning writer.  Our programs offer you opportunities to explore the human experience in literature and outlets to express your own perspectives and experiences.  The creative, the analytic, the adventurous, the contemplative: all of us find a home in the Department of English and Modern Languages.

What You Will Learn

By studying in an environment dedicated to academic excellence, you will develop the critical thinking skills and comprehensive knowledge bases that will enable you to become a productive citizen in any academic or professional world.  Specifically, English and modern language graduates develop the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and genres, research and analyze broad bodies of knowledge, and imagine new possibilities for old challenges. 

Moreover, the department is committed to developing curricula, utilizing technology, and enhancing library resources to assist students to become proficient in teaching English and modern languages, researching and analyzing literature and foreign languages, and performing successfully on local and national exit examinations.

Career Paths

A degree in English provides you with skills that are useful in almost any occupation.  English graduates are well-rounded, creative thinkers and communicators who succeed in a wide variety of professional opportunities.  The analytic and creative abilities that you develop as an English student will ensure your success in any of the following fields:

  • Publishing and Editing
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Speech Writing and Publicist
  • Technical Writing
  • Journalism
  • Education (K-12 and Higher Education)
  • Law
  • Television, Film, and Creative Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Non-profit Advocacy
  • Literary Management

For information on potential employment opportunities, please visit the Career Development Center's English site.