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Major in English

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Welcome to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  We are glad that you are interested in learning more about becoming an English major or minor. Maybe you feel most alive when you are in a creative writing class, reading Shakespeare’s plays or Austen’s novels, or crafting a passionately argued essay. English is a major that turns doing what you love into the key to your future, and it’s a great minor to pair with just about any other major. English trains you as a critical thinker, researcher, and writer, all marketable skills that could take you anywhere.

English majors do as well in overall employment stats as math and computer science majors, and better than business majors, according to a Georgetown survey of recent college graduates. We also know that English majors get jobs that can’t be outsourced, jobs based around human interactions, critical thinking, and communication. CEOs like Bracken Darrell of Logitech are pleading for more English majors. Law schools love you all. And the journalism firmament is full of English major stars: Barbara Walters, Grant Tinker, Bob Woodward, and Andrea Mitchell, to name a few. And we win, because, Emma Watson.

From Dr. Misty Anderson’s address at this year’s English Major’s Honors Convocation, “English Majors Save the World”

Come by our undergraduate office in McClung 311; find out about our study abroad programs, sign up at; learn about the cool things our majors do by reading our “In Our Own Words” blog;  share your story on instagram at english_majors_of_utk; follow us @utkenglish on Twitter or Instagram, or take a class with us next semester.


What is the major?

A major in English is 30 hours, or 10 courses, at the 300 and 400 level. The distribution requirements are simple, and you can choose from four different concentrations: Literature; Rhetoric & Writing; Technical Writing; and Creative Writing.  
What can I do with it?
Our majors succeed in many professions, including law, publishing, medicine, marketing, education, finance, and entrepreneurial ventures because they know how to do research, think critically, and write with clarity and grace. But don’t just take our word for it.
You don’t have to choose between love and success. Major in English.



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