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English Degree Program


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.


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.

My experience

Gabrielle Hall

"My favorite course at Wingate was Linguistics. I love language and learning about how words and phrases and slang develop over time. I think my Wingate education will help me make a difference in my community by teaching me how to help others."

Gabrielle Slabaugh Hall, 2020 grad, English major with minors in professional and technical writing and philosophy and a member of the Honors Program

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

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