The study of English develops mastery in the essential skills of close reading, thorough analysis, insightful interpretation, and clear verbal and written expression of thought.
Studying English enables one to see the world in a broader context, make informed judgments, synthesize seemingly disparate ideas, and develop the soft skills highly sought after in the workforce. English majors become skilled in critical thinking, clear writing, and effective communication as they study a wide range of canonical and non-canonical literary works from around the world.
Our small class sizes promote vigorous discussion and the exchange of ideas with classmates and teachers. English majors receive individualized attention as they learn information literacy, come to understand diverse perspectives, and are thoroughly prepared for their chosen graduate schools and careers. The strong relationships majors forge with peers, professors, and mentors at Southern Virginia University can last a lifetime.
The English major is incredibly versatile, leading to a tremendous amount of freedom in career choice. Graduates of the English major have successful careers in law, medicine, teaching, business and entrepreneurship, organizational management, writing, public service, public relations, human resources, sales, publishing, editing, and more.
Begin by taking Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 200) in your first year
Get in touch with Professor Sarah Maitland to discuss your interests and goals
Turn in a completed Declare Major form to the Registrar’s Office
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“The English program focuses on developing analytical and critical thinking and writing so that when you walk out as a successful graduate, you are prepared for any number of fields. Most of the top qualifications that employers are looking for are writing, critical thinking, and communication skills, all things that are really important to our program.”
– Professor Sarah Maitland