English Majors & Minors

English Majors and Minors

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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.

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.

English Majors


The Liberal Arts program provides the traditional course of study in literature and language arts. Through nine “blocks” of study, students gain experience reading, writing, and researching in the field of English, allowing for both a wide overview of literary history and in-depth studies of specific periods, writers, and critical approaches. The track’s 37 hours in upper level literature and language equip students for life after graduation.


As a Professional Writing student, you’ll build writing, content design, analytical, and technical skills that prepare you for the workplace. Collaborating on client projects in PW classes will add years of real experience to your resume. Plus, you get to choose from a range of creative writing and literature electives.


Francis Marion University prepares caring and competent teachers for the 21st century. In conjunction with the School of Education, the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy provides the knowledge base for students licensing to teach English in the state of South Carolina through the Secondary English Teacher Licensure option. The department supports and encourages the conceptual framework strands in the School of Education: critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection.