Studying literature opens your world, introducing you to other cultures, other places, and other times. Reading novels, plays, and poems give you new ways to see the world and new ways to see yourself. The study of English also includes learning the professional skills- reading, writing, and critical thinking- needed to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.
An English major meets the needs of students who want a general background in the discipline as well as those wishing to prepare for professional or graduate study. English courses complement any field of study that requires the development of good writing and critical thinking skills.
Students have used the English major not only to prepare for careers in teaching, law, journalism, publishing, and public relations but also agriculture, business, medicine, counseling, science, and social work.
Interested in Graduate Study in Creative Writing, Literature, or Law?
For prelaw students, the English major is the first and best choice. In 2011, fully 90% of applicants accepted to American law schools came from English programs (source: Harvard). Why is English your best choice for a prelaw major? See this link from the University of Toledo for a list of reasons. This page from the University of Scranston explains why English majors are more likely to score well on the LSAT.
Follow this link from Rutgers University for examples of Career Opportunities for Majors in English. York University in Canada
provides this index page with links to several others on this topic.
'Princess Prof' Gets Attention of Class Studying Don Quixote
Cervantes' Novel Is a 'Wonderful Commentary on Living the Dream'
Marta Wilkinson illustrated Don Quixote’s obsession of being a knight by showing up to class dressed as a princess. She introduced Miguel de Cervantes’ early 1600s classic, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, to her world literature class. Wilkinson, associate professor of English, described Don Quixote as a “wonderful commentary on living the dream.” She didn’t reveal whether the princess persona might be an alter ego of hers.
“As Don Quixote drew his inspiration from chivalric romances, I too based my costume in literature,” she said, noting hers was inspired by Barbie dolls and Disney’s Princess Collection of Tales. Her princess costume featured an unlikely prop, a sword, which emanated from another piece of favorite literature in her fantasy, The Three Musketeers.
Wilkinson decided to wear the princess costume to help her students understand the meaning of satire on the part of the author and
parody as illustrated through the actions of the main character. “I think students enjoyed both the reading and my costume,” she said.