The English Department offers an extensive program of poetry, prose, drama, film, linguistics, writing, and journalism for majors and non-majors alike.
An English major offers you a deeper understanding of the world through the study of literature, language, and writing. The strong reading, critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills you will develop will prepare you for any career you wish to pursue after college. English majors go on to graduate school as well as rewarding careers in publishing, editing, teaching, technical writing, journalism, public relations, business, social media, law, and library science.
The English Department offers courses in British, American, European, and nonwestern literature as well as small seminar classes on authors including William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Langston Hughes, Virginia Woolf, and Salman Rushdie. You can choose from a diverse range of courses, including Postcolonial Literature, Modern British and American Poetry, African American Literature, British Fiction Since 1945, Film and the Environment, History of Children’s Literature, Business Writing, Writing for Online and Social Media, and Writing Poetry. Classes are discussion-based, and professors value the warm relationships they develop with you.
Spotlight on English
“Even before I came to FSU, I knew how terrific the English Department was because my brother graduated in 2015 and is now a high school English teacher. My professors are passionate about their subject matter. They care about their students’ success and are always willing to help.”
Digital News Reporter, Boston Magazine
"Majoring in English and working for The Gatepost made me a better storyteller, taught me to think critically and hold the powerful accountable, and gave me the skills I use every day to write for a living."
“Studying literature helps us connect individual and collective experiences. As a teacher, as a writer, as a scholar, I am happiest when marveling with my students at the choices an author makes to shape the language on the page.”