What You’ll Learn

What does Shakespeare have in common with successful advertising? Both are remembered for great writing.

Right now, you may not see how studying Hamlet has anything to do with television commercials and magazine ads. But in our English program, you’ll learn how to communicate and think creatively, which can lead to careers in advertising, law, journalism and more.

What will I study as an English major?

Through the English curriculum, you’ll study the works of many famous authors from the past, including:

  • William Shakespeare
  • John Milton
  • William Wordsworth

Depending on your interest, you’ll also have the opportunity to take courses in African-American literature, drama and film, as well as creative writing classes.

Popular classes in the English program



ENG 232 Studies in World Literature Study poetry, fiction and drama from Africa, Asia, Europe, South and North America.
ENG 233 Business Writing Learn how to write for an organization, including letters, reports and publicity materials.
ENG 337 Creative Writing Develop your own voice writing short stories, essays, poetry and more.
ENG 494-495 African-American Literature Study the beginning of African-American literature and the works of the Harlem Renaissance up to the present.

Where will I study English?

To help you perfect your reading and writing skills, JCSU offers Writing Central, an on-campus resource for students to receive help and feedback on their writing assignments. Many of our students in the English program work at Writing Central to help students in other majors with research papers or essays.

As an English major, you’ll also have access to the latest technology in our smart classrooms. Our faculty members regularly use plasma TVs and state-of-the-art computers in their lectures.

What will I learn outside the English program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Languages and Literature. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1016.