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English (B.A.)

Words have power. Power for beauty, for change, for hope. Power to help us remember, grow, connect, enliven.

The English major provides a broad background in literature, an understanding of the language, and skill in its use. It prepares students for writing and editorial work; for teaching careers; for professional schools of law, business, theology, and library science; and for any endeavor in which facility in the use of language is essential. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy studying literature, literary criticism, and language studies
  • Are a strong reader and writer
  • Are interested in history and culture, especially as they relate to the study of narrative
  • Are eager for an intellectual challenge
  • Are self-motivated, goal-oriented, and work well independently

Career Opportunities

  • Author/journalist
  • Technical/professional/grant writer
  • Editor/publisher
  • Librarian (with additional education)
  • Lawyer (with additional education)

Recent Employers

  • Graduate school
  • South Dakota Humanities Council
  • Daktronics
  • 9 Clouds Digital Marketing
  • The Federal Reserve

Internship Opportunities

  • Daktronics
  • South Dakota Humanities Council
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Fishback Financial
  • Local law firms (such as Fite, Pierce, and Ronning)

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning

Suggested Minors

  • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)
  • Professional Writing
  • Legal Studies
  • Leadership and Management of Non-Profit Organizations
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Clubs and Organizations

  • English Club
  • Oakwood
  • Collegian

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.