English

Most employers emphasize the importance of being able to think critically, communicate clearly - written and oral - and solve complex problems.

Students studying English at Wesleyan become strong readers and writers as they work with texts from a range of cultures, periods, and perspectives. Small, discussion-based classes invite students to consider the power of language in shaping experiences of place, gender, race, class, and other essential components of culture and identity. Through coursework, individual and collaborative projects and interactions with faculty, students practice critical thinking, analytical reasoning, empathy, and creativity. Together with writing and speaking skills, these attributes ensure that English majors are prepared for the workplace and for the important task of communicating across cultures and in a variety of genres, both traditional and evolving.

Major: English
Minor: English with literature emphasis; English with writing emphasis
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ALLISON CROCHET

Allison ’18 is double majoring in chemistry and English. A liberal arts education has helped her “find a balance between an aptitude for science and a talent/passion for literature and writing. Wesleyan has allowed me to merge these interests and to pursue career tracks that I might not have otherwise considered.”

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ASHAUNTI SAMMS

Ashaunti is a double major in theatre and English with a minor in communication. During the summer, she interned as a tech assistant for the New Grove African Theatre and aspires to be in the entertainment industry as a writer and actor.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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A VAST SCOPE OF LEARNING

English majors at Wesleyan read American, British, and world literature. They also focus in depth on such topics as globalization, sustainability, digital culture, science fiction, African-American literature, Victorian and Edwardian drama, Southern women writers, and African women’s fiction. They discover various theoretical approaches to literary analysis in an Introduction to Literary Criticism class, and they strengthen writing skills through professional writing, creative writing, and writing for the web courses. Students conclude their studies by designing a creative or scholarly project integrating their studies in English with another area of scholarship. Internships and study abroad experiences are available for all students.

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Outside The Classroom

Each year the English Department hosts the Campbell-Stripling Distinguished Writer in Residence. Established in 2010 to honor family members of poet and alumna Kathryn Stripling Byer ’66, the program invites a visiting writer to give readings and convocations, attend classes, lead workshops, and meet individually with student writers. Students may submit pieces to the Wesleyan Creative Arts Magazine, serve as magazine staff members, and work as Writing Center Tutors where they also develop teaching skills. Students may enter their writing in Wesleyan’s annual poetry and essay competitions. Finally, students have the opportunity to become HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars, and join an online scholarly community that explores digital culture.

 

 

Wesleyan Women In English Careers

Selfie of BETH GALVIN ’87 at her house.

BETH GALVIN ’87

Beth is an award-winning medical reporter for FOX5 Atlanta, WAGA. She won a regional Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Reporting from the Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters. Her advice to students: “Take advantage of internships…Push yourself…Set goals…Don’t be intimidated…Get your foot in the door and everything else will fall into place.”

Alexa Serrano poses for the camera

ALEXA SERRANO ’13

Alexa majored in English and minored in music and held several editorial internships while at Wesleyan. Today she serves as editorial assistant for the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists in Miami, a company dedicated to worldwide counter-terrorist financing, where she edits and fact checks articles.

ANGELA WOOLEN ’12 stands with her horse and awards from Equestrian event

ANGELA WOOLEN ’12

Angela started college in 1993 but quit her sophomore year to get married. When she finally returned to Wesleyan she was a full-time reporter with The (Macon) Telegraph and a single mother to two children. Twenty years after she started college, she graduated with a degree in English. She continues to work as a reporter for the newspaper.

 

WESLEYAN ENGLISH MAJORS HAVE STUDIED IN GRADUATE PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD:

University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Eugene Lang New School, George Washington University, The City University of London

These women are earning advanced degrees in fields like creative writing, digital humanities/communication studies, women’s studies, rhetoric and composition, library and information science, and international relations.

Others have gone on to careers in journalism, academic administration, law, and public service.

GREAT CAREER OPTIONS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS

IT PROJECT MANAGER

Plans, coordinates, and directs technology-related activities, from installing and upgrading computer software to building network security measures. It is important to have grammar skills and computer knowledge.

WEB DEVELOPER

Designs and creates Web sites and sometimes the content. Responsible for the site’s performance, capacity, and look. A full understanding of computer languages such as HTML and critical-thinking skills are important.

NONPROFIT EXECUTIVE

Nonprofit executive directors devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They oversee an organization’s finances, manage staff, write grants, and work with the community.

HUMAN RESOURCES

An HR generalist handles recruitment; employee relations; payroll and benefits; training; and administering human resources policies, procedures, and programs. Communication skills are important when explaining these policies to employees.

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Marketing directors plan, direct and coordinate the marketing of an organization’s products or services. Work experience in marketing, sales, advertising, and promotions is essential.

TECHNICAL WRITER

Technical writers produce instructional manuals and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily.

ACCOUNT MANAGER

English majors learn critical thinking skills and are well-suited to handle the problem- solving and strategizing issues involved in maintaining business relationships with clients. Requires strong written and oral communication skills.

PROPOSAL MANAGER

Coordinates writers, illustrators, and other team members to prepare proposals on behalf of their company for contracted projects, like building a school. English majors’ mastery of language and details help them excel in this role.

MANAGING EDITOR

Responsible for the daily operation of a news department at a newspaper, magazine, or television station. Duties include editing content for proper context, planning content, and approving final versions of stories.

MARKETING MANAGER

Marcom managers create clear, compelling, and concise communications about an organization’s marketing strategy. Work can include coordinating press releases and Web site content, developing promotional strategies and campaigns, and editing copy.

Joe Lease
Assistant Professor of English (478) 757-5232 Profile
Professor Laura Lease in Wesleyan Quad
Laura Lease
Assistant Professor of English (478) 757-5243
Matthew Martin
Dean of Faculty (478) 757-5246 Profile
Regina B. Oost
Professor of English (478) 757-5181 Profile

80%

of employers say to help students succeed in today’s global economy the most emphasis should be placed on written and oral communication.

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields.

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