Finish in Four: On average, a bachelor's degree costs $34,000/year and takes about five years to complete. Don't lose time or money. Get your degree in four years. As a UD English major, you can create a flexible, unique-to-you degree plan that gets you to graduation day on time.
Get a Job: English majors get jobs! Employers want employees with the skills gained from studying English--skills like creativity, adaptability, persuasiveness, and the ability to collaborate. These are the "soft skills" companies need today, and as an English major, you can cultivate them during your studies and, then, your career.
English majors get the job done, no matter what it is. Common career paths for English majors include digital/social media writing and management, law, technical writing, public relations, human resources, editing and content management, and teaching. With an English degree, you can make a difference in the world around you and earn a living while you're at it. Data shows that unemployment rates for humanities students have decreased steadily in recent years. What's more, the pay gap closes between humanities majors and their peers in STEM over time.
Read, Write, Live: Graduating on time matters. Getting a job matters. But those aren't the only reasons to major in English. Studying English, you will create, analyze, contextualize, and explain texts from classic literature to the documents that drive the corporate world. Doing so, you will understand better diverse cultural and literary traditions and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as a global citizen. Professor Jessica Edwards, a UD English faculty member, explains the value of studying English:
"English majors develop critical and analytical tools that will never go out of style. By studying English, majors not only discover the ways in which language shapes our world, they learn reading and writing skills that are meaningful in every industry or setting. By choosing English, whether creative and professional writing, journalism, cultural studies, film, or literature, a major prepares to be adaptable in an ever-changing world."
We need students able and willing to interrogate the world around them. We need critical thinkers who are thoughtful, curious, courageous, and empathetic. We need English majors!