As an English major, you learn to think critically while honing your analytical abilities and polishing your communication skills. You have the chance to work with faculty on research or as their assistants.

You also sharpen your professional communication skills by taking courses in professional and technical writing and desktop publishing. You can use your elective hours for a second major or a double minor. 


Editors, librarians and public relations specialists all have one thing in common. They’re examples of careers for English majors. But the list doesn’t even come close to stopping there.

You could opt to take your degree to graduate or professional programs, such as library science or law.

Or maybe you have a love of teaching. You could earn an English and education degree and teach high school. Other English majors go on to graduate school to earn a master’s degree to teach high school or at a community college. If you want to teach at the college level, you can go on to earn your PhD.

Have a love for literature and a head for numbers? Couple your polished analytical skills with a major or minor in business and math. You could be a successful market research analyst.

Love travel and have a knack for languages? Your English degree paired with a foreign language minor could lead to a fulfilling career as a travel writer.

An English major plus a professional and technical writing minor can lead to a promising career as a writer or editor of technical publications.

I’ve worked as a corporate trainer since I left Wingate, and my English degree has been invaluable in this regard. It’s helped me write with the clarity and accuracy that are necessary to teach someone else how to perform a task. You will graduate with those same tools in your possession. - Adam Raskoskie, Wingate Alumnus, 2009


Our English department offers an English and education major, an English major or an English minor, such as creative writing or professional and technical writing.


The Four Year Academic Plans are standard templates for how a degree can be completed in eight (8) consecutive Fall & Spring semesters.  There is varying flexibility in the exact course sequence depending upon individual student circumstances, major curriculum and course availability.  Students should consult with their Faculty Advisor for course sequencing, degree planning and other considerations.  Students are ultimately responsible for their degree planning.



Dr. John Sykes




English Faculty