As an English major or minor, you have options in and beyond college.

Why major in English?

As English majors, students deepen their critical thinking and analytical skills while learning more about the world, human experiences, and themselves. Each of our three tracks introduces students to their literary and linguistic heritage and acquaints them with a variety of genres, periods, themes, critical approaches, and individual writers.

Courses in creative and expository writing, composition theory, the history of the language, modern theories of grammar, and literary criticism are also offered. Studies in literature, language, and writing invite an exploration of society and culture, preparing our students for life outside the classroom.

What can you do with an English major?

An English major is extremely versatile and in high demand, and students secure jobs in different areas – from working at nonprofits to making films. Some use their major with web-writing, speech writing, grant writing, technical writing, or freelance writing, and some land careers in journalism, marketing, advertising, administration, and public relations.

Some continue to law school, medical school, or graduate school, and some find careers in teaching at various levels. The possibilities are wide and varied, and many employers view English majors as having the communication skills needed to be successful employees.

English Major Options

FMU’s major in English is designed with the student in mind – creating different tracks that will allow students to specialize in areas best suited for their particular goals.Specifically, students may pursue the English degree through one of our three different tracks: the Liberal Arts Program, the Professional Writing Program, or the Teacher Licensure option. Each track offers a range of course offerings and unique experiences that cater to its respective field. Learn more about each to see what option is right for you.

Where Some FMU English Majors End Up

Summer Bradham (c/o 2016): Disaster Recovery Case Manager, SC Department of Commerce – Disaster Recovery Office

Grant Toth (c/o 2015): Practice Manager, PC Dermatology

Brooke Rogers McGee (c/o 2014): Marketing and Sales Coordinator, Mlily USA

Maggie Driggers Donaldson (c/o 2013): English Teacher, Lexington High School

Justin McGee (c/o 2013): Digital Content Writer/Strategist, The Tombras Group

Alyssa Carver (c/o 2012): Technical Writer, Blackboard (Charleston, SC)

Samantha Wiggins Pollett (c/o 2012): English Teacher, West Florence High School

Jonathan Rainey (c/o 2012): Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia

Amy McAllister-Skinner (c/o 2007): Administrator, Lake City High School, and 2012/2013 South Carolina Teacher of the Year

Amy Scott-Lundy (c/o 2007): Senior Technical Writer, ACS Technologies

Colleen Thorndike (c/o 2002): Instructor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Mississippi


“I’m able to move forward due to the top notch education and professional experience [received] at FMU, especially from the English department.”

Ashley Leamon (c/0 2010)
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at Villanova

Minors and Collaterals

Students majoring in other fields may elect to earn either a minor or collateral in English. The collateral is 12 semester hours in English above the 200 level whereas the minor is at least 18 semester hours of English above the 200 level. Similar to the major, both the English minor and collateral are geared toward specialized instruction, and you decide which path to pursue.


Minor: Requires 18 semester hours above the 200 level, no more than three hours at the 250-252 level, and at least 4 literature electives at the 300 and 400 levels.

Collateral: Requires 12 semester hours above the 200 level, no more than three hours at the 250-252 level, and at least 3 literature electives at the 300 and 400 levels.

Creative Writing

Minor: Requires ENG 367 (Fiction Workshop), ENG 368 (Advance Fiction Workshop), ENG 370 (Poetry Workshop), ENG 371 (Advanced Poetry Workshop), ENG 372 (Playwriting Workshop), plus either ENG 366 (Literary Nonfiction) or any other 300 or 400-level writing course.

Collateral: Requires four of the listed six creative writing classes.

Professional Writing

Minor: Requires ENG 305 (Business Writing), ENG 317 (Editing and Publishing), ENG 318 (Technical Communication), ENG 495 (Professional Writing Capstone), plus two additional courses from 300-400-level writing courses, which may include ENG 498 (English Internship).

Collateral: Requires ENG 305 (Business Writing), ENG 318 (Technical Communication), one writing course chosen from the 300-400-level writing courses, plus either one additional course chosen from 300-400-level writing courses or ENG 317 (Editing and Publishing).

Note: To be eligible for ENG 498 (English Internship), minor or collateral students must earn an overall GPA of at least a 2.33 and minor or collateral GPA of 3.0.

Writing and Language

Minor: Requires ENG 306 (Development of Modern English), ENG 307 (Foundations of Professional Writing), ENG 310 (Modern English Grammar), plus three additional courses chosen from 300-level writing courses.

Collateral: Requires ENG 306 (Development of Modern English), ENG 310 (Modern English Grammar), plus two additional courses chosen from 300-level writing courses.