The JMU English major is designed to meet the varied needs and interests of students in the major.
If you’re considering the English major, you may wish to consider the questions below. They afford a tool to assist you in thinking about what is important to you in
your academic career. More specific
information about the structure and requirements of the English Major is available on this checksheet. In addition, information about careers or career preparation as an
English major is available via our internship program.
In addition, students
interested in pursuing Secondary Education licensure in English
are in the right place and should also investigate the middle and secondary education website. Please feel free to contact the English Department with any
questions about the major.
TEN QUESTIONS FOR POTENTIAL ENGLISH MAJORS
- Do you love
- Do you enjoy
being challenged by your reading and being introduced to writers
who use forms and styles you’ve never read before?
you want to be able to communicate more accurately, powerfully,
and/or beautifully with written language?
- Have you ever been moved by the beauty of what someone has
said or written?
you like history and diverse cultures and points of view presented
through narrative storytelling?
you want to develop a more sophisticated ability to
identify techniques and creative choices through which people can
be and are influenced by words?
- Are you fearless
in the face of a dictionary? Of a library? (If not,
do you wish you were?)
you drawn to careers in which strong writing, reading, research,
persuasion, and/or language analysis skills are required?
- Are you comfortable
with a major that sets the foundation for a wide range of different
career options rather than one that is focused on a particular
you regret it in ten years if you missed your opportunity to