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What is English?

An English degree provides a depth of knowledge in the written and spoken word that gives those passionate about language the ability to dynamically share information and stories across a wide range of career fields.

Why English at OSU?

We offer small lecture and discussion courses with award-winning faculty. You can take a diverse workload from great books, history of film, teaching English as a second language, women’s literature, fantasy fiction and an array of creative writing courses


Career paths

English majors are competitive for any major that requires clear and critical thinking and well-developed speaking and writing skills. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Secondary Education
  • Higher Education
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Technical Writing
  • Professional Writing
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Relations
  • Government Service


  • Courses to expect for this major include English Grammar, Studies in Linguistics, Language in America and Advanced Fiction Writing.
  • The OSU Writing Center offers you the opportunity to help develop your writing skills
  • Many study abroad opportunities including the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM, and the Cambridge Summer Seminar
  • Courses available in literature, creative writing, film and linguistics

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