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Jobs are hard to find in this economy. How can majoring in English prepare you for a job or for graduate school?
English majors get the point across. As an English major, you’ll learn communication skills that are applicable across disciplines. You will define your audience. You will learn how to construct an argument, present a proposal, write about literature, and provide background information on a variety of issues. You will receive instruction on writing with clarity and precision, and you will learn the best methods to persuade your audience to your position. All writing is persuasive. An English major acquires the skills to present all kinds of information in a clear and convincing manner appropriate to any situation.
English majors find the facts. You will learn not only how to use the internet for research, but also to use the library’s academic databases, newspaper aggregates, and professional journals. The more background information you know, the more likely you are to be viewed as an expert in your field. English majors learn how to weigh internet sources for validity and credibility. Research skills are necessary for work and for those going on to advanced degrees. As an English major, you’ll learn how to find reliable sources that build your credibility as a communicator.
Critical Thinking Skills
English majors weigh the evidence. You will learn how to make connections between ideas and to make judgments based on the facts. As an English major, you will be asked to consider more than one side of an issue or problem. You’ll think creatively. You will learn how to interpret others’ research and evidence, and how to apply their evidence correctly to your own ideas. You will think logically about what you’re reading and apply principles of reasoning to your writing. Critical thinking skills are necessary to all walks of life, and as an English major, you’ll be prepared.
Concentrations, Minors, Certificates
The Department of English at Frostburg State University offers a variety of concentrations for English majors: Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Teaching Certification. We also offer minors in Journalism, Public Relations, Film Studies, and English, plus a Professional Writing Certificate. Whatever your areas of interest, the English Department can help you find the study plan that best suits your needs. Contact us for more information.