School of Languages and Literature

The ability to read intelligently, think critically, write coherently, and express ideas verbally in English and other languages is at the heart of a liberal arts education. The School of Languages and Literature is dedicated to helping students explore and appreciate the languages, cultures, and great literature that shape our world.

As an English or Humanities Major you can:

·   Communicate
·   Think Critically and Analyze Information
·   Understand Other Perspectives
·   Think laterally
·   Research

…and that’s just the beginning!

Have you been told that an English, Spanish, or Humanities degree is useless, a waste of your time and money? Statistics would disagree.

According to the 2022 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in media and communications occupations is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030 averaging $61,310 in salary per year. Writers and authors make a median salary of $67,120 per year, editors make an average of $63,400 annually, while technical writers average $74,650 per year. Thinking of law school? Lawyers earn a median salary of $126,930 per year -  often having their undergraduate degree in English.

Many English majors get jobs in the business and nonprofit sectors. If that interests you, think about a career in public relations or grant writing. Surprisingly, you can even get a science job with your English degree thanks to your research and writing skills.

If you’re thinking about a Spanish degree (or another language), here’s great news: in an August 2021 article the Financial Post states that, “Bilingual employees can earn between 5% and 20% more money per hour than those who speak only one language.”, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that translators and interpreters will be one of the fastest growing professions in the next several years, with an anticipated 42% growth in the private sector alone. 

A bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, or Humanities can open doors for you to many different careers. Be assured, the written/oral communication, analysis, and research skills that you’ll develop are highly valued among employers today! 
Sixty-one percent of employers desire people with an English major and an industry-recognized minor or credential as their top hire. - Busteed, Forbes, 2019


[Employers] in recent years prioritize candidates with traits like creativity, critical thinking, and adaptability — exactly the kinds of skills students learn in expository writing and literature analysis classes...In the final analysis, students who pursue English degrees become versatile employees who can creatively apply their communication skills and critical thinking to jobs in almost every industry. - 2022

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