Department of English FAQ's

  1. What can graduates do with an English major?
    The curriculum of the major in English develops students’ skills in effective reading, writing, listening and speaking through an emphasis upon the rich expressive and aesthetic potential of the English language. In other words, English majors will graduate with the ability to read critically, write well, communicate effectively, and develop and present arguments. Consequently, English majors find success in numerous professions because the specific set of skills that they master translates easily to a wide variety of careers. Visit the Possible Careers page to read about the versatile career paths available to English majors.

  2. What are the advantages of English as a major or a minor?
    In 2013, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) conducted a survey of what employers want from new hires. The survey, entitled, “It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success,” shows that more than half of business executives want college graduates to not only embody field-specific knowledge but also demonstrate a broad range of skills. Employers are increasingly placing less value on the undergraduate major and more on a capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems. This trend indicates that graduates who choose an English major—or combine the English major with another major degree, such as business or science—will have a competitive advantage on the job market.

  3. Can a major in English prepare me to pursue an advanced degree?
    Yes – and not only in English! While a degree in English at WU is the ideal preparation for graduate study in literature, composition/rhetoric, or professional writing, there are many additional possibilities. With a focus on writing and research, the English major serves as excellent training for students looking to pursue an advanced degree in library science, law, business, and even health-related fields. In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that English majors outperform biology majors on every part of the MCAT!