Westminster's English Program
Studying great literature is not only richly rewarding, it will help prepare you for a variety of careers including teaching, professional writing, publishing, non-profit administration, business, law, and library and information science. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, "a liberal-arts degree, plus good communication and computer skills, signals to recruiters that you'll be adaptable to a wide range of jobs." Hiring managers report, "strong communication skills are the single most important attribute a candidate can have." A degree in English will develop your communication skills, critical thinking ability, and cultural literacy.
We stress the development of effective written and oral communication; the close reading of literature and film; the application of diverse theoretical perspectives to literary analysis; and building a framework for interpreting historically and culturally diverse texts.
English majors may choose to emphasize literary studies or creative writing. The program also offers an academic minor. For program requirements, see the academic catalog.