What can you do with an English major or minor? English isn’t just for teachers (though WCU English Education students have outstanding placement rates). Our graduates are journalists (without journalism degrees), lawyers, web designers, poets and prose writers, bankers, children’s authors, technical editors, NASCAR publicists, and museum curators. English can take you where you want to go.
At WCU you can publish creative writing, present professional research at national conferences, intern in Chapel Hill or Washington, DC, or rub elbows with famous writers at our renowned Spring Literary Festival. Try your hand at a novel or a screenplay. Honors English students publish the annual Imagine Magazine, and our professional writers produce real-world web pages and applications.
WCU offers both two degree tracks:
We also encourage students from other fields to consider one of our minor options, including literature, creative writing, professional writing, film studies and teaching English as a second language. Learn More
Our professors are not just experts, they’re enthusiasts. They’re not just renowned writers and thinkers like novelist Ron Rash, writer Pam Duncan, and eco-colonialist Laura Wright. They’re banjo players, bikers, Trekkies, actors, marathoners, bloggers, activists, and chefs. Whether your passion is Hawthorne or Heinlein, Garcia Marquez or graphic novels, irony or Iron Chef, you’ll find a kindred spirit here.