While some English majors plan to make a living from writing poetry and teaching literary texts, a degree in English can make an impact well beyond the parameters of professional writing and teaching.
In many ways, the value of an English degree lies in its inclusive and flexible nature. At MSU, students are trained broadly to identify, assess, and confront the types of complexities that surface in all social environments, including the workplace. Our graduates are employed as professional writers, teachers, and scholars, but they also work as administrators, advertisers, film programmers, Web developers, and attorneys—to name only a few career paths. English majors have—above all—versatility.
Students wanting to tailor their degrees can do so by selecting options in film studies or creative writing. Teacher certification options are available to students majoring or minoring in English who wish to be certified to teach at the primary or secondary levels.