Why Major in English?

There are many reasons to major in English, and many ways to do so.

  • Interested in teaching? Everyone remembers their favorite English teacher! We offer the English major with Secondary Education Licensure.
  • Interested in writing for audiences outside of academia? Check out our exciting new major, Public Writing and Rhetoric.
  • Think you have too many interests for just one major? You're in luck! We have a broad major with specialization opportunities (e.g., areas in Writing, Literary Studies, or Cultural Studies).
  • Interested in remote learning? We now offer a fully online English major as a BA or BS degree!

What Our Students are Saying

Don't just take our word for it–read what our students have to say about their experiences in the English programs.

What Everyone Else is Saying

The promise of an English program is in its ability to help you develop very translatable skills that will prepare you for a variety of careers (e.g., journalism, writing, publishing, marketing, teaching, nonprofit advocacy) as well as advanced degrees. Some of these skills include but are not limited to...

  • Critical Thinking. English majors excel post graduation because they are taught how to become strong researchers, questioners, and inference-makers. You'll learn how to communicate trustworthy judgements to others across multiple professional settings. 
  • Creativity & Adaptability.  Learning how to approach diverse texts and communication practices helps you learn how to approach the world. As an English major, you'll have opportunity to deepen your own ideas through written and creative projects. A creative professional excels at problem solving and can, thus, adapt to an ever-evolving world. 
  • Empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand another's perspective and motives. This "soft-skill" is one of the most sought-after within the job market because an empathetic professional is one who can relate to others and make strong predictions. As an English major, reading and analyzing texts provides you ample opportunity to develop and strengthen your empathetic prowess.

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Mailing Address:
Department of English
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 70
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office: Peck Hall 302

Chair: Dr. Stephen Severn

Email: stephen.severn@mtsu.edu

Telephone: (615) 898-2648