English Studies develops the critical thinking necessary for active citizenship in an increasingly interconnected and global world. In this diverse world effective communication depends on the ability to enter imaginatively into multiple narrative and historical perspectives on other cultures, as well as our own. Our graduates learn to write in persuasive ways that reflect clear thinking about texts, contexts, and questions without reaching easy answers or settling for reductive analysis. The stimulating environment of the English seminar and classroom provides the rhetorical skills essential to constructive and meaningful participation in the public sphere.

Such rhetorical skills are at once abstract and deeply practical. Graduates in English Studies take into their workplaces the ability to read closely; to think critically and creatively; to analyze genre and form from a variety of historical and geographical contexts; to communicate complex ideas in lucid and persuasive oral and written prose; to negotiate multiple perspectives through critical and civil debate; to conduct self-directed research; and to participate constructively in learning communities. With these skills, students have found employment in a wide range of industries and sectors including advertising; arts management; civil service; creative writing; cultural resource management and policy analysis; editing and proofreading; education; image management; journalism; library science and archival studies; law; market research; museum management and curatorship; public relations; public speaking consultant; publishing; research; scriptwriting for new media, theatre, and television; speechwriting; technical and business writing; and translation services.