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English (B.A./B.S.)

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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 and Girls Club
  • Fishback Financial
  • Local law firms (such as Fite, Pierce and Ronning)

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.