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What is English?

If you are passionate about the written and spoken word, this degree is for you. The ability to dynamically share information and stories is an essential tool for many careers.

Why English at OSU?

If you are passionate about the written and spoken word, a degree in English at OSU is for you. We offer small lecture and discussion courses and an award-winning faculty. You can take a diverse workload from the 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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