Why Study English?

Most people want to find a job that lets them do what they love. If you love to read and write, consider studying English. Our English majors spend their time reading, writing, and discussing stories. In class, you’ll consider major issues like gender, race, morality, and the meaning of life.

You can shape your degree to fit your individual interest, with concentrations in literature, creative writing, or professional writing. Even if you don’t have your career figured out, studying English is a versatile degree. You’ll learn the critical thinking and communication skills very employer wants their employees to have.

Personalize Your Education

Concentrations allow you to shape your degree. At USF, you can study the subjects that interest you the most.


Course opportunities include Shakespeare, Poetry, Drama, The Novel, Mythology, American Writers, British Writers, and the History of Language

Creative Writing

Course opportunities include Genre Writing, Craft Discussions, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Mythology

Professional Writing

Course opportunities include Business and Professional Communication, Rhetorical Theories and Practices, Writing and Technology, Theories and Practices of Editing, and a professional internship.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said english majors are:

  • Interested in thinking about the world more broadly
  • Open to a variety of career options
  • Passionate about reading and writing and want to spend time becoming better at them

Skills You'll Obtain

Increased cultural awareness and knowledge

Improved writing and critical thinking skills

Networking with professional writers in the community

As an English major, you learn to articulate your thoughts clearly, problem solve creatively, research, and write. Additionally you develop empathy for others and increase your self-awareness. The world needs more free thinkers; studying English helps to create them.– Samantha Rhodes, Class of 2017


Alumni Testimonial

Jason tells us how, after changing his major three times, one professor helped him find a love for English Literature.


After Graduation

One of the best parts of studying English at USF is the variety of career options available to you. Some of our alumni currently work at Aalco Distributing, Decatur Times Bulletin, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Sweetwater Sound.

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Writing and Editing
  • Business
  • Library Science
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Travel
  • Civil Service
  • Human Resources