English (B.A.)


  • Students can choose between concentrations in literature or in writing and publication studies.
  • Smaller classes provide an intimate environment where students feel free to engage in discussion.
  • English majors develop a strong basis in writing and analytical reading, history, literature and criticism.
  • Our faculty are mentors and guides, while providing a liberal arts education with the resources of a premier research university.

As an English major, 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. Your literature courses will focus variously on close reading of texts, exploration of particular authors and genres, questions of critical theory and method, and the relationship of literary works to their historical contexts. Your writing courses will focus on developing your communication skills across various genres and modalities, including fiction, poetry and nonfiction, in both traditional and new media contexts. Close exploration of texts, through both writing and reading, fosters an understanding of how we have come to be who we are as humans and where we might go from here.  


What you'll study:

Your classes will help you acquire the reading, writing and critical-thinking skills relevant to understanding and creatively reworking the world. Through intensive discussion and writing, you’ll enhance your capacity to make connections among a range of texts and ideas and produce carefully constructed, rigorous writing supported by evidence. In your sophomore year, you’ll choose between two concentrations — literature or writing and publication studies. By teaching you to read closely, think critically and communicate effectively, both emphasis areas prepare English majors for work in a variety of professional and academic fields.

Literature Concentration: This track offers an extensive exploration of American and British literature, literary theory and related disciplines such as creative writing and film. Students who choose this concentration will develop a broad cultural and intellectual perspective as well as the skills you need 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 — increasingly valuable skills in an increasingly global economy.

Writing and Publication Studies Concentration: Focus your studies on digital publishing, professional communication, rhetoric and creative writing. If you’re interested in media, journalism and publishing, this concentration will prepare you for a world of multimedia communication, social networking and editing. You’ll be ready for various business and professional settings. You’ll graduate with the skills needed to hit the ground running in both traditional and new media fields.


Popular Minors:

  • Business
  • Film Studies
  • Spanish
  • Communication Studies

Similar Majors:


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

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What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • TargetCare, Inc. — Health Promotions Manager
  • United States Air Force — First Lieutenant
  • CreateSpace — Content Media Coordinator

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Cornell University — Ph.D.
  • University of Texas — Ph.D.
  • New York University — Master’s

Common Career Areas**

  • Writing/Editing
    • Creative Writing
    • Journalism
    • Technical Writing
    • Freelance Writing
  • Education
    • Teaching
    • Student Affairs
    • Academic Advising
    • Information/Library Science
    • Tutoring
    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Publishing
    • Editing
    • Production
    • Publicity
  • Advertising
    • Creative Services
    • Account Management
    • Media
  • Public Relations
    • Account Coordination
    • Writing/Editing
    • Media Relations
  • Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Human Resources
  • Law
*Represents only Clemson University graduates who completed Michelin� Career Center surveys from 2009 to 2011.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

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.

Cameron Bushnell, 864-656-3151
Associate Professor/Director of Undergraduate Studies — cbushne@clemson.edu