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. A major in English prepares students for work or further study in a wide variety of professional and academic fields.
- 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.
- 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.
- Business Administration
- Communication Studies
- Film Studies
- Modern Languages (Spanish)
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
Open Systems Technologies
Water of Life
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Intellectual Property Assistant
University of Chicago Pres
Writer and Features Editor
Nutter McClennan & Fish PA
Director of Operations
Instructional Designer/Curriculum Developer
Hendrix Automotive Group
Development & Volunteer Coordinator
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
University of Georgia
University of South Carolina
Wake Forest University
M.Ed. Higher Education Administration
M.A. Rhetoric and Composition
Pennsylvania State University
North Carolina State University
M.A. Writing, Rhetoric and Media
University of Georgia
Arizona State University
Ph.D. Rhetoric & Composition
University of South Florida
Columbia Publishing Course (non-degree professional program)
Columbia University Journalism School
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Writing and Editing
- Creative Writing
- Technical Writing
- Freelance Writing
- Student Affairs
- Academic Advising
- Information and Library Science
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Creative Services
- Account Management
- Public Relations
- Account Coordination
- Writing and Editing
- Media Relations
- Human Resources
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FIND OUT MORE
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Director of Undergraduate Studies