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San Diego State University
Department of English and Comparative Literature

Why Major in English?

Being an English major teaches you to think critically, to read analytically, and to express yourself persuasively in writing and speech—skills essential to a number of careers. All employers look for the ability to think critically and communicate effectively.

English majors go on to work in law, publishing, digital technologies and commerce, screenwriting, business, education, politics, arts, and medicine.  

87% of SDSU English majors say that they have learned to read more perceptively and think more sharply, skills that apply to decision making and problem solving in the real world.

Read more about why you should major in English here:

CNN says English prepares you for a business career better than a business degree.

Business Insider presents “16 Wildly Successful People” with English degrees, from Steven Spielberg to Mitt Romney.

35 careers your English major prepares you to pursue—including jobs in digital content development and commerce.

Need more career ideas?  Check out 10 careers English majors can take on after graduation.

Fame! Fortune! Meet English majors who have gone on to big things, read 5 Surprising Celebrities with English Degrees and Famous English Majors.

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Why get an MA degree in English?

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News and Success

  • THATCamp the Humanities and Technology Camp

    Professor Mary Galbraith's class English 543: Twisted British Novels is featured on SDSU NewsCenter's Off the Beaten Course. Off the Beaten Course is a series that delves into SDSU's course catalog to share unique and non-traditional classes.

  • SDSU Press isn't your typical publisher; it focuses on educating the public about humanitarian efforts and social justice. The on-campus publication agency was founded in 1959 and is currently led by Dr. William Nericcio.

  • MFA alum Matt de la Peña is is considered one of the rising stars in young adult fiction. His best-selling book “Mexican WhiteBoy” can be found on many reading lists, and his book “Ball Don’t Lie” was made into a major motion picture starring Ludacris and Rosanna Arquette.

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