English is far more than just a language, it's a multitude of exciting genres waiting to be explored. An English major opens a world of creative problem-solving skills, analytical skills, and critical thinking one can apply to personal and professional life.

If you are fascinated by literature and language and seek a broad understanding of the human condition, you just may be destined to become an English major. Where you go from there is entirely up to you -- there are endless options for an English major.

Offering a solid foundation in literature and communication skills, the English major not only prepares you for further graduate or professional study or literary careers, but also offers you the opportunity to explore the traditions of British and American literature in depth. Certificates in creative writing and in professional writing and communication are available for those who envision careers as professional writers, as well as for those interested in bringing their love of language and writing to rewarding careers in business, industry, or public service.

Learn more about the English major by visiting the Literatures and Languages Department page.

So, you'd like to get published? The annual Straylight literary magazine features short fiction, poetry, and artwork from Parkside students and from writers and artists worldwide. The online version is called Villa and allows students to read a variety of works, conduct book reviews, and to interview well-known critically acclaimed authors. Podcasts add to the website's popularity, which garners 3,000 viewers per month. 

Standard Major
Consists of courses in English and related disciplines beyond the required freshman composition sequence. Students can also choose a concentration.

Language Arts Concentration
Intended for those who wish to pursue teacher certification. 

Film and Cultural Studies
Appreciate film or other cultural productions, as well as content creation for digital media and film or television.

In addition to the major, the English Department offers certificates that provide alternatives to students who are interested in specific areas, but not necessarily seeking a degree. The professional writing and communication certificate is great for those who want to enhance their writing for their career. The film studies certificate gives students an appreciation of the history of film across various genres and cultures, film study, and analysis. Many students also enjoy the creative writing certificate

Typical career opportunities for English majors include editors, reporters, teachers, business persons, lawyers, and writers – fiction and poetry, technical and business, and advertising.


The Literatures and Languages Office | (262) 595-2331

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