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An English degree is one of the most flexible and useful degrees you can earn.

We English majors are smart. We are bold. We are creative. And we can communicate. 

Memorably.

The business world loves us because we know how to get points across effectively, whether it's in advertising writing or through an email to a new client. We know how to get attention and keep it.

In fact, you're reading this right now, aren't you? It was written by -- you guessed it -- an English major.

In the recent era of economic recession, the English major has proven to be remarkably solid on the job market, and the statistics prove it. If anyone ever tells you that English majors can't get jobs, they simply don't know what they're talking about.

Indeed, some of the biggest names in media, business, and the law all started as English majors.

Conan O'Brien, Vin Diesel, Amerie, James Franco, former MTV CEO Judy McGrath, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, among many other success stories, all majored in English.

English majors become writers and attorneys, editors and government officials, teachers and administrators, and directors of corporate communications and public relations programs.

They earn graduate degrees in English, journalism, and communication, and they go to law school and MBA programs. And as one recent national newspaper story put it, there exists a "growing demand in corporations for people who can successfully convey complicated ideas into text."

All college graduates can read and write, but English majors communicate -- effectively and persuasively.

The department is located at 309 Stroud Hall; it can be reached by telephone at (570) 422-3398. Please feel free to call with any questions.

English majors select from four tracks and dozens of courses:

  • The literature track, leading to a B.A., represents a traditional English degree program rooted in literature surveys and upper-division course work in major writers and special topics.
  • The writing track combines study of literature with a variety of creative writing workshop experiences. Students can develop expertise in writing fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. This track leads to the B.A. degree.
  • The professional and new media writing track, also leading to a B.A., prepares students for a variety of writing fields in the corporate, educational, non-profit, and governmental spheres. Students take classes in specialties such as journalism, technical writing, writing for the web, and advertising and public relations.
  • The secondary education track gives students who aspire to teach the chance to pursue a B.S. degree in English. They study literature and classroom methodology so they can become effective, certified middle and high school teachers.

The department also offers an 18-credit English Minor.