Department of English

Shirley Mathews' Intro to Journalism class, ENG 202, asks campus police questions furing a press conference. - Photo by Jeff Janowski
(Photo above) Shirley Mathews' Intro to Journalism class, ENG 202, asks campus police questions during a press conference for a story they were assigned. -- Photo by Jeff Janowski/UNCW

Undergraduate Program

Earning a Degree

Earning a degree in English is a rewarding experience, with benefits that last a lifetime. A major in English may be right for you, or, if you major in another department, you can profit from either a minor in English or certification in professional writing.

Here are some reasons why you should consider an English degree when planning your academic career:

  • Satisfaction
    For lovers of literature, writing, film, or the English language, studying English means doing what you love most. The skills and interests you gain will enrich your life now and after you graduate.

  • Jobs
    English is a versatile degree, leading to careers in many fields. Our graduates become advertising copywriters, business executives, editors, educators, entrepreneurs, technical writers, lawyers, journalists, and public relations specialists--to name just a few professions.

  • In an Brittany Knotts (l) and Renee Sloan prepare for the Spring 2012 induction into Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Photo by Shirley Mathewsinformation age, English graduates are increasingly prized for their analytic and communications skills. Organizations hire and reward them for their ability to propose, evaluate, and debate ideas and to write with clarity and force to an intended audience. A study comparing English, business, and engineering majors showed that, over the course of their careers, English graduates rise higher and earn better salaries than those in either of the other fields.

  • Fine Teaching
    The English faculty is noted for fine teaching and concern for students. Campus-wide student evaluations consistently give English faculty and English courses among the highest ratings.

  • Internships
    The English Department provides qualified students with a variety of internship opportunities with area businesses and organizations. Interns earn academic credit as they gain work experience. Internships are available in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, and other fields. Important Announcement: If you are interested in pursuing an internship in English, please plan on doing so in Spring 2015 or Spring 2016. ENG 498 will not be offered in Fall 2015. If you have questions please see Dr. Colleen Reilly (

  • Wentworth Student Travel Fellowships
    Each year the department awards all-expense-paid fellowships to approximately six majors for travel to places in America or abroad associated with their favorite works of literature. Places visited have included England, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Greece, and the Czech Republic. Other opportunities for international study are also available.