Cannon College of Arts and Sciences
Are you interested in a major that combines core studies in language and literary classics with electives in contemporary subjects like film, women’s studies, Southern literature, or African American literature? English may be the perfect area of study for you.
A degree in English opens the door to a nearly limitless selection of diverse and fulfilling careers. The sky is truly the limit! Our English department works with other programs on campus to help graduates with career placement concerns.
English is an established path to professional school. Some of our alumni have completed graduate studies in business, education, English, law, library science and religion. Students who major in English may use elective hours to pursue a second major or a double minor, further increasing their career opportunities.
Every English major at Wingate must take English 256 Desktop Publishing. Majors also may choose to minor in Professional and Technical Writing and prepare themselves for a career in editing and technical writing.
English majors and other Wingate students with Dr. Pam Thomas (front row, right) in Canterbury for an extended travel experience based on playwrights in England and Ireland
Sigma Tau Delta Officers and 2013 Initiates with Dr. Casey Pratt (back row, right)
Sigma Tau Delta National Honors Society Faculty Advisor, Dr. Brooke Mitchell (right) and alumni Nancy Thompson at Wingate's Club Information Fair
Dr. Sylvia Little Sweat (right), Soprano Jane McCoy, and Pianist Dewitt Tipton pose after performing "In this Short Life": Emily Dickinson's Poetry in Song"
Writing (Professional and Technical, Research, Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, etc.)
Literature (Modern American, Native American, Southern, Scottish, Shakespeare and more)
Literature and Film
Catalog Description & Information
Sigma Tau Delta, national honor society
Counterpoint, Wingate’s literary magazine
Annual Shakespeare Competition for middle and high school students
Donnavee Boulton: “Jewish Espionage in Abraham Rothberg’s THE HEIRS OF CAIN” Undergraduate Research Symposium 2010
Paula Jean Boulton: “Philip Roth’s Satire in Goodbye Columbus” Undergraduate Research Symposium 2010
Marcella Trumbower: "Jane Austen in Translation." Summer Research Fellowship 2009
Sydni Canada: "The Language of Flowers in Tennyson's The Princess" Senior Honors Project 2008
Carrie Butler: "Facing 'The Horror!': An Exploration of the Literary Double in Victorian Gothicism" Senior Honors Project 2007
Ashley McDaniel: "Greening Downtown Monroe: The Parking Garden at E. Franklin and Church" Senior Honors Project 2007
Jessica Potter: "Nature's Shadowy Face" National Conference for Undergraduate Research 2006
Courtney Adams: "Sensational Complexities and Detective Simplicities: The Psychological and Intellectual Lineage from Wilkie Collins to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Philological Association of the Carolinas 2005
English is one of the most versatile majors you can choose. Here are just a few of the many career possibilities available to English majors:
Journalism (print, radio, television)
Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, freelance, etc.)
Technical writing (copywriting, website content)
Adam Raskoskie: instructional designer, S1 Corporation (financial services software), Charlotte, NC
Matthew Hogge: student, University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, SC
Todd Laughridge: teacher, Sun Valley High School, Indian Trail, NC
Cynthia Nearman: assistant professor of English and director of writing, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Merrie Winfrey: associate attorney, Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, Lexington, KY
Kevin Winchester: poet, novelist, professor, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Teresa Zorro: Vice President for Publicity, Random House