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Why English?

Student Testimonial Videos

At UH, the English Department offers a vibrant and diverse array of courses, small class sizes in a variety of formats, and the opportunity to study classic texts as well as emerging trends in literature and criticism, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and/or linguistics. A degree in English will surround you with students who are interested in the arts, history, politics, and languages as well as allow you to build close relationships with our dynamic faculty members. With active student groups such as Sigma Tau Delta and the Shakespeare Club, student-based publications such as the literary journal Glass Mountain and the literary conference Boldface, and the single highest concentration of Phi Beta Kappa inductees of any other major in UH’s inaugural class, the English department is a centerpiece of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A degree in English will also prepare you for a variety of career paths. Our graduates have gone on to careers in education, publishing, and business as well as pursued specialized graduate study in the field (English and Creative Writing) or in related disciplines such as the law, library science, and journalism.

Professions for English Majors

The classic liberal arts degree has long been valued in the United States as an excellent starting point for a wide range of professional paths. In our current economic era, which requires newly specialized forms of professional training, the English degree continues to serve as a portal to an array of career paths, from journalism and teaching to public relations and the law. Today, the English degree remains a way in which students can enrich their appreciation of life, society, and culture while simultaneously preparing for a variety of career paths requiring a capacity for critical thinking and lucid, well-organized writing.

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Articles About Majoring in English

“Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever” ( The Wall Street Journal)

“Hunting for Soft Skills, Companies Scoop Up English Majors” ( The Wall Street Journal)

“The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers” ( The Atlantic)

“The Liberal Arts Majors That Pay the Most” ( The Wall Street Journal)

“In Defense Of The ‘Impractical’ English Major” ( The Huffington Post)

“The Ideal English Major” ( The Chronicle of Higher Education)