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Why study English at Denison?

The English department at Denison offers a wide variety of classes that engage with human experience, recent and historical as well as local and global, and it offers students the opportunity to specialize in creative writing, literary studies, and/or narrative journalism.  

The departments’ Beck Series brings 10-12 visiting writers to campus each year, providing students the opportunity to hear, study with, and learn from this country’s finest writers. Some past Beck Series writers include Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, Tom Stoppard, Min Jin Lee, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Karen Joy Fowler, and numerous others.  

The one-of-a-kind narrative journalism program combines literary attention to storytelling with in-depth, fact-based research. The program hosts Between Coasts, a national journalists’ forum and an online magazine that features narrative journalism written by Midwesterners about the Midwest.  

The English department is particularly attentive to the challenges all college graduates face in building careers after graduation, so the department has built partnerships with organizations to provide internships to English and Narrative Journalism students, and the department works with Denison’s Knowlton Center for Career Exploration to help English students understand how the experiences they have in the major translate into valuable skills for the workplace.

What do English majors learn?

Most people know that a degree in English teaches critical reading and writing skills. But studying and writing literature also cultivates a wide variety of skills that employers value because they are not easy to learn in the workplace. In the rapidly evolving world of the 21st century, college is not a place to learn a trade that may become obsolete; it is an opportunity to grow as a human being and develop a variety of attributes that are transferable and adaptable to different contexts in life: personal, professional, and civic. Here are some examples of skills English majors at Denison learn:

Yes, you can get a great job as an English major

Don’t let the myth of the unemployed English major deter you from studying what you love. English majors are as employable as other other college majors. Over the course of their working lives, humanities graduates earn as much as STEM graduates.

A Denison education presents you with the precious opportunity to spend four years enriching your emotional and intellectual life in addition to preparing you for the working world. And remember, throughout your life you’ll be sharing your story with employers, clients, and friends. As an English major, storytelling can be your particular super power.

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