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Your coveted skills in analyzing content, crafting eloquent work, and thinking critically are in high demand in today’s job market. These skills are essential in every industry, and with a degree in English from VCSU, you will be positioned to choose the career of your dreams.

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Meet an English Major

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Garret Fettig

English and Communications double major with a Marketing minor

“VCSU is perfect for me because I feel like I can put together whatever course plan I want, involve myself with extracurriculars as much as I please, and get involved with a community that’s always here to support me. At VCSU, you can make your education truly individual to you and I think that’s important in preparing for today’s job market.”

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  • Professional Writing Concentration
    Study English with an emphasis on the writing or composition, exploring not just how to write in academics, but also in the digital landscape, creative contexts, and any professional discourse.
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  • Literature Concentration
    Approach English through literature, focusing primarily on reading and analyzing major texts that have influenced past and modern culture.
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  • Technical Writing Concentration
    Combine a written skillset with technical knowledge to better communicate complex and applied concepts.
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  • General English Concentration
    Explore English with a well-rounded plan of study, providing exposure to literature, composition and rhetoric.
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Beyond graduation

Explore the possibilities

With such a broad skillset, and every industry requiring written work, an English degree provides students with a competitive, desirable edge in today’s job market. Career opportunities with an English degree can include:

  • Author
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer or Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Proofreader
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Social Media curator
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Clara Wieland

English and Communications double major 

“VCSU has allowed me to create an academic plan that is specifically tailored to me and my goals. With the help of my advisor, I found a future career path that excites me, and my education is truly preparing me to enter that field.”

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Where you'll study

Our Language and Literature Department is housed on the third floor of McFarland Hall, central to campus and with carefully maintained historic trimmings, original to the university.
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Plan of Study

  • College Composition I
  • Lab Science
  • Finite Mathematics
  • Speech Communication
  • Computer Science and Literacy
  • College Composition II
  • Lab Science
  • Literacies
  • Social Science
  • Wellness
  • Art and Music
  • Literature Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Social Science
  • Writing Elective
  • Additional Humanities or Social Science
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • Concentration Elective
  • Writing in the Major
  • Literature Elective
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • Concentration Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Witing Elective
  • Literature Elective
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • Concentration Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Critical Theory
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • Concentration Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • BA or BS Block Elective
  • Concentration Elective
  • Literary Publications
  • Senior Capstone
  • Shakespeare

Meet an English Alum

VCSU 2021 graduate Hannah Anderson

Hannah Anderson, '21

English and Communications double major with a Marketing minor

“I originally wanted to go into English Education but then found that I have more interest in a business setting than that of a classroom. I chose my program to cater to my writing and communications abilities, but in a different way than through teaching. I learned that I held a wide variety of interest and skills, and I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone, so I ventured into marketing and public relations and found a love for it!

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Meet an advisor

Jodi Shorma

Jodi Shorma, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Language and Literature

Office Location
  • McFarland Hall 316