English Major

Discover what you can learn and where an English major can take you.

Our program focuses on writing as a way of thinking and analyzing what we encounter in the world. This includes literary work that you read by practitioners across the English-writing world and work that you create yourself as a way of responding to other texts and your own experiences. Whether you take these experiences into the classroom, the boardroom or beyond, your writing skills and your abilities to understand and respond to writing will propel your career and your life.

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  • Being stretched as a reader, writer, and thinker
  • Open-minded and willing to forgo conclusions
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Appreciate a variety of perspectives
  • Enjoy reading literature
  • Appreciates the playfulness of language
  • Taking on challenges

icon Learn

  • Communication skills that emphasize critical thinking
  • A broad knowledge of literature
  • The ability to interpret culturally diverse literary, non-literary, and visual texts


  • Writer, reporter or editor
  • Teacher or researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Publishing
  • Communications specialist
  • Consulting, librarian
  • Telecommunications, business and banking

iconCareer Opportunities

  • Soledad High School
  • Corvallis High School
  • Ceres Unified School District
  • TriTech Software Systems
  • Freelance Editor
  • Merced County Human Services Agency
  • Innov8 Partners
  • Justin W. Capp Engineering
  • & Design

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in English with available concentrations in TESOL and Single Subject Matter Preparation
  • English minor available
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Liberal Studies concentration available in Literature & TESOL
  • The Humanities Program offers courses in art, history, literature, music, philosophy and theatre

English Student


"My writing skills have definitely improved, and I know that will benefit me in the future. Any job, no matter what career field, requires an employee to have strong and coherent writing abilities."

English Student