English - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students majoring in English should have strong writing and analytical skills, a willingness to embrace complexity, open-mindedness, and a spirit of inquiry and a love of literature.


What will I learn?

Writing. Students will develop the ability to clearly and effectively communicate with multiple audiences for multiple purposes, and to use writing to both develop and express ideas.

Information fluency. Students will learn how to find, manage, and use information.

Critical thinking. Students will learn how to close-read texts, to explore complexity, to examine how context affects meaning. Students will also learn to recognize how ideas exist in conversation with other ideas.

Canonical knowledge. Students will gain knowledge about important works of literature and important literary movements and trends.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

English majors have a variety of both on and off campus hands-on opportunities, including:

Inscape literary magazine. An award winning student journal devoted to the arts (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual arts). Students can be published in Inscape and can also serve as editor.

Writing tutoring: English majors are often selected to be trained as writing tutors to work in the Center for Learning and Teaching and in the English 4th hour tutoring program.

Internships. Recently, students have completed internships at Missouri Life Magazine, The Talon (CMU Alumni magazine), and The Collegian (campus newspaper). 

The Humanities Conference. Students have the opportunity to share and celebrate their scholarship with other students at our annual Humanities Conference.

Sigma Tau Delta. The English honor society. Among other things, Sigma Tau Delta members are in charge if Inscape and help coordinate readings by visiting writers.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

English majors might further their education in graduate school, law, or medical schools. They also might pursue careers in public relations, publishing, business writers, business, journalism, and teaching. Our majors are prepared for a variety of positions in a variety of fields because their training is in close textual readings, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking.


Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.