Students often wonder what an English major might lead to. The answer, from our perspective, is almost anything.
All English courses investigate the vital function of language and literature in being human. We ask students to read critically but imaginatively, think originally and insightfully, and write energetically and compellingly in both print and digital platforms. This set of skills makes our students sought after employees in a wide range of professions, and makes them excellent candidates for graduate and professional study.
Recent graduates have pursued careers in law, medicine, publishing, teaching, mass communications, technology, government service, public relations, film and theatre and even the fragrance industry, showing the bredth and depth of ability and experience our majors have.
We recommend that, while here, students seek out independent research experiences as well as internships to explore various fields of inquiry and employment. There are many sources of financial support for such student pursuits, including the following.
We highly recommend you compliment your academic work with internships (login required) in fields of interest to you.
Many students at Davidson go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees. From the class of 2016, roughly 20 percent currently is pursuing graduate work, and others plan on continuing their education in the future. An English degree from Davidson does not mean that you must continue to study English post graduation; the major provides you the ability to present yourself clearly and think creatively, which can easily transfer into other areas of study such as law, business and medicine.
We recognize the importance of financial support to our students pursuing graduate studies. To this end, we encourage our theses advisees to consult with their individual directors about possible funding opportunities, and about the prospect of graduate school in general.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about advanced degrees in literature study and creative writing.
There are three main categories depending on the direction/focus of the degree program: Educational positions, either domestic or abroad; public relations positions, which include technical writing (firms) and advertising/scriptwriting; and writing-based positions, which include journalism (newspaper, magazine) and managing digital content (blogs, other online forums).
While master’s programs offer students an opportunity to hone their specific research agenda and methodological approach, doctorate programs can and do offer admission to select competitive candidates applying without master’s degrees. Indeed, recent graduates of the Abbott English Honors Program are uniquely poised in this regard, since many of the honors theses—and especially the critical theses—could be used effectively as writing samples for doctorate applications. While financial aid is not usually available for master’s students, doctorate students are often admitted with generous funding packages in the form of fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships.
People who enroll in MFA programs are pursuing advanced preparation in creative writing in the hopes of improving their craft. Such creative writing programs give students access to established writers, which in turn may help in getting an agent/publishing.
There are two types of master of fine arts program: low-residency and full-time.
Boston University, Columbia University, the New School, NYU, UT Austin, the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, Virginia Tech, the University of Central Florida and Texas Tech.