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UD Decision Days 2020

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Decision Days are open-house opportunities for admitted UD students and their families to visit campus and learn more about life at UD. Decision Days are on the following dates:
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Saturday, April 18, 2020
During Decision Days, be sure to stop in Memorial Hall to learn about English at UD. You will have an opportunity to meet with faculty members, academic advisors, and current students. You also will be able to learn more about studying English at UD. Finally, you will have a chance to tour an invaluable campus resource, the UD Writing Center, which is a great place for students to get help on assignments and potentially work as tutors themselves.
Why Choose English?
The mascot YoUDee triumphantly strides above the words "Success: Finish in Four"

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!

Decision Days Faculty Spotlights

The next UD Decision Day is Saturday, March 21, 2020. On that date, the following faculty members will be present and eager to talk to students:

Photograph of Professor Jesse Erickson


Professor Jesse Erickson has double-duty at UD as a research librarian and professor of English. Professor Erickson brings his passion for digital humanities, special collections, print culture, and book history to the classroom. In his courses, students work with primary sources in archival and manuscripts collections and interrogate issues related to ethnobibliography and African American publishing and printing.

Photograph of Professor Bernard McKenna


Professor Bernard McKenna’s classes focus on topics like fantasy literature—including the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series—and World War I literature. A UD English alumnus himself, Professor McKenna connects with students through exciting courses focused on popular books that challenge and inspire readers.

Contact Us

Want to know more about being an English major? Check out our majors and minors.

Want to talk to someone about studying English? Contact a department academic advisor.

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  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361
  • english@udel.edu