Is it easy to get a job as an English major?
Good question! You might think that the only options an English major have in the career world are to write or teach. Truth is, there are many opportunities for English graduates. In fact, SPU English alums are doctors, lawyers, ministers, entrepreneurs, parents, executives, artists, musicians, and everything in between. But sometimes it isn’t obvious how to get “there” from “here.” So you might take GS 3001, an internship and job strategies course designed specifically for Arts and Humanities majors. You can also get information about internships and jobs from the Center for Career and Calling. You may also want to try out a job you’re interested in through SPU's Mentorship Program.
How do I become an English major?
After you’ve taken a few English courses and done well, we recommend that you talk with a professor you know and discuss the possibility of majoring in English. After that, it’s easy: just submit an online application through your Banner account. But remember that before applying you must earn an average GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 = A) in any two of the following core major courses: ENG 2225, ENG 2251, ENG 2252, ENG 2253.
Are there any scholarships offered through the major?
Absolutely! The Demaray Scholarships are endowed scholarships offered annually to juniors who are dedicated to the study of literature and to writing as a means of discovery. To find out more about these and other scholarships, check with Student Financial Services.
How do I know what English courses are being offered?
Simply check out the course listings here on the English website to find English classes you can take in the quarter you want to take them in. You can also check out more general listings in the SPU time schedule.
How do I make a faculty advising appointment?
Simply contact your advisor and he or she will be glad to meet with you. If you don’t have an advisor yet, choose one on Banner, preferably a professor you know already from one of your English classes.
How do I get help with writing?
At SPU, we won’t leave you hanging when you’re looking for help editing, outlining, or revising your written word. The Writing Center in The Center for Learning provides writing tutors that can consult with you on issues you’re having with writing. You can schedule an appointment ahead of time or visit during drop-in hours.
How do I get an internship?
The SPU Center for Career and Calling can help you get started on your internship search. They have contacts, databases, and suggestions for searching that go a long way toward helping you find an internship.
Does the English major have study abroad opportunities?
Yes! The most out of any SPU major, in fact! For more information on the English Department’s study abroad programs, visit SPU's Study Abroad website.
Is the English major difficult?
“Challenging” would be a better word to describe the English major. Picture yourself among stacks of novels, scouring critical essays, fueled by lots of caffeine. Sometimes you’ll be reading one Shakespeare play per week. Other times, you’ll be rewriting and revising one story for a whole quarter. The English major is time-consuming and rigorous, yes. But don’t let that scare you off: at the same time, you will have the opportunity to discover new things about humanity, faith, and self. Class discussions are lively, fun, and very open. Professors in the department offer their time and help to make sure you do the best you can in their classes; they won’t leave you in the dust. And ultimately, the hard work will pay off, when you receive a shining and glorious B.A. in English.