Majoring in English
Do you love to read, write,
and think about the big questions?
Are you ready to develop
your analytical and writing skills?
As an English major at East Carolina University, you’ll read some of the best works of literature
ever written and explore both the classics and the cutting-edge.
You’ll take four core classes of the major, which will give you a solid foundation of reading, writing, and analytical skills.
Beyond these core courses, you’ll take eight electives.
To help you choose your electives, you’ll receive personalized, one-on-one advising
from a faculty member who knows you and your interests well. You’ll have the flexibility
to choose courses from among the range of fields that make up English today: literature, creative writing, multicultural and transnational literature, technical and professional communication, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and film studies.
In these courses, you’ll become a strong writer and critical thinker
with the skills to succeed in many different career fields
. Our graduates have gone on to careers in government, business, law, the non-profit sector, healthcare, journalism, library science, higher education, teaching, and social work, among many others.
If you’re interested in going beyond the classroom, you’ll have the chance to study abroad
in places like London, Belize, and Ireland.
You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your writing skills in the workplace in a for-credit internship
And you can join the English Club
, an informal gathering of students who go on field trips, sponsor events, and meet regularly for discussion of topics from vampires to video games.
You’ll meet like-minded people who are an enthusiastic about English as you are!
ECU’s English Department is home to three award-winning journals
: The North Carolina Literary Review
, Tar River Poetry
, and Explorations in Renaissance Culture
Students working on these journals gain valuable editorial and project management experience.
English majors also regularly write for student journals like Expressions
and The Rebel
and for ECU’s student newspaper, The East Carolinian
In collaboration with faculty mentors, students can do original archival research
using resources like Joyner Library’s Stuart Wright Collection, which includes first editions and works from the personal libraries of southern writers like Randall Jarrell and Eudora Welty.
The North Carolina Literary Homecoming and the Contemporary Writers Series bring leading writers
to campus to give readings and talks.
In recent years, writers visiting ECU have included Salman Rushdie, Charles Frazier, Colm Toibin, Sherman Alexie, Colum McCann, and United States poets laureate Natasha Trethewey and Philip Levine, among many others. English majors have special opportunities to meet and interview visiting writers.
English BA requirements