About the Major

English majors develop both analytical and creative thinking skills. As a student in the major, you will gain many transferable skills, including paying attention to detail, interpreting media, and understanding how people communicate through poetry, fiction, nonfiction, film, and speaking. You will also apply what you learn through analysis by producing work of your own with concentrations like creative writing, linguistics, writing and literacy, films studies, and literature. English majors gain a general understanding of literature and writing, while also diving deep into an area of interest.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: writing, critical thinking, analysis, communication, and meeting deadlines (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2018).

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Creative writing
  • Conversations with Shakespeare
  • Foreign language
  • Introduction to film studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literacy and public life
  • Capstone/experiential learning

Possible Careers

  • Advertising executive*
  • Communications coordinator
  • Executive assistant
  • Marketing analysis
  • Nonprofit programming specialist
  • Paralegal*

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • IU Health
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Law
  • Public relations
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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