English (B.A.)

ABOUT

As an English major at Clemson, you’ll study novels, poems, plays, films, video games and websites. As a Bachelor of Arts student, you’ll study a foreign language and take classes in history and philosophy. Your courses will focus on close reading of texts, exploration of particular authors and genres, questions of critical theory and method, and the relationship of literary texts to their historical contexts. At the same time, you’ll develop your communication skills across various genres, in both traditional and new media. In the process, you’ll develop analytical reading, effective writing and superior critical-thinking skills relevant to a wide range of 21st-century careers, including publishing, education, media, marketing and law. Choose between two concentrations — literature or writing and publication studies. Both emphases prepare English majors for work or further study in a variety of professional and academic fields.

FAST FACTS

  • Students can choose between concentrations in literature or in writing and publication studies.
  • English majors develop a strong basis in writing and analytical reading, history, literature and criticism.
  • Recently, our graduates have been admitted to graduate programs at Cambridge and Cornell universities, University of Chicago School of Law, Columbia University School of Journalism and Harvard Law.
  • Our faculty are mentors and guides, while providing a liberal arts education with the resources of a premier research university.
  • Smaller classes provide an intimate environment where students feel free to engage in discussion.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

In this degree program, you’ll find yourself in small classes with talented students who arrive ready to talk about the work under consideration and with great teachers who are researching and publishing in the field. Nearly all English classes for our majors have fewer than 20 students. You’ll be expected to participate in class and to contribute to your own development outside the classroom. Our Clemson English faculty advise our students and encourage office-hour conversations. Through intensive discussion and writing, you’ll enhance your capacity to make connections among a range of texts and ideas, and to produce carefully constructed writing supported by evidence. Your classes will help you acquire the reading, writing and critical-thinking skills relevant to understanding and creatively reworking the world.

In this degree program, you will develop a broad cultural and intellectual perspective as well as the skills needed to communicate effectively, write critically and read analytically. You’ll learn to analyze and create representations of the world from an informed historical and international perspective — valuable skills in an increasingly global economy.

Literature Emphasis: This track offers an exploration of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, drawn largely from American, British and emerging global Anglophone contexts.

Writing and Publication Studies Emphasis: Students who focus their studies within this track, explore the techniques, terms and tools of textual production, both ancient and modern.

Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Modern Languages (Spanish)
  • Psychology

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

English majors at Clemson thrive inside and outside the classroom. You’ll find countless ways to connect with other students and polish your newly acquired skills.

Since 2008, the Literary Festival brings renowned authors to town each April. Planned and organized by students, the festival brings the community together for poetry and fiction readings, discussions, social events and an open mic night.
Clemson's primary campus newspaper is written, edited and designed by Clemson students from all academic backgrounds who work together to produce the weekly publication.
Need help with a paper? Head to the Writing Center where peer tutors offer writers from all majors opportunities to discuss issues related to academic writing, from generating a topic and thesis to organizing a draft and using citations.
The Multimedia Authoring Teaching and Research Facility lab is a professional-level Web, multimedia and print design facility dedicated to promoting the use of multimodal instructional technologies.
The Clemson English Majors Organization offers students and faculty a chance to interact outside of the classroom — at EMO's lecture series,

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE

KEY
  • 41-100%
  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Development Apprentice

    Cleveland Play House
  • Staff Assistant/Press Secretary

    U.S. House of Representatives
  • English Teaching Assistant

    Fulbright Fellow, Taiwan
  • Management Trainee

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Editorial Intern

    Hanley Wood
  • Communications and Marketing Coordinator

    Reading Partners
  • Technology Services Specialist

    American University

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • MAT Middle-Level Education

    Clemson University
  • M.A. Journalism and Mass Communication

    University of Georgia
  • M.Ed. Counseling and Development

    Winthrop University
  • M.A. International Relations

    University of Kent
  • J.D.

    Wake Forest University School of Law
  • M.A. Library and Information Science

    University of Pittsburgh
  • M.F.A. Creative Writing

    McNeese State University

COMMON CAREER AREAS

  • Writing and Editing
    • Creative Writing
    • Journalism
    • Technical Writing
    • Freelance Writing
  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Student Affairs
    • Academic Advising
    • Information and Library Science
    • Tutoring
    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Publishing
    • Editing
    • Production
    • Publicity
  • Advertising
    • Creative Services
    • Account Management
    • Media
  • Public Relations
    • Account Coordination
    • Writing and Editing
    • Media Relations
  • Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
  • Law

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FIND OUT MORE

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Brennan Beck

Student Services Program Coordinator
864-656-3152
bjbeck@clemson.edu