The Power of Words: Aesthetics, Persuasion, and Innovation
Your future may hold a career in a field directly related to the study of English – work as a writer, editor, teacher, journalist, filmmaker, game producer, technical or corporate communicator, or CEO. Degrees in English can prepare students for law or medical school, as well as for work in the nonprofit sector.
As an English major or minor, you will learn to think critically and expansively, to understand the strong links between the humanities and contemporary digital technologies, and to express yourself clearly – and powerfully.
NC State was an ideal graduate school experience for me. Many of my professors were passionate and attentive.
I credit two in particular for giving me the foundation I needed to be where I am now: a full-time writer
with multiple New York Times and
internationally bestselling novels.
Melissa Marr (M.A., English, 1997)
best-selling author of the Wicked Lovely series and other books for young readers, teens and adults
Outstanding Seniors Awarded NC State’s Highest Non-Academic Distinction
NC State’s Alumni Association pays special attention to students who emerge as campus leaders, knowing the special traits these undergraduates hone here will serve them – and the wider world – once they graduate. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a few of the university’s seniors who are role models for leadership and service with the Mathews Medal. Adora Nsonwu (BA ‘18 in Anthropology and English), is one of this year’s three recipients.
NC State Professor’s Novel Connects Her Two Worlds of Africa and the South
Author and NC State Professor of English Elaine Neil Orr explores the civil rights movement in Winston-Salem, NC, in her new novel, “Swimming Between Worlds."
ESL Certificate Prepares Global Ambassadors
Cecilia Tomasatti (MA ‘18) teaches a workplace communication course for NC State facilities workers through TESOL, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This non-degree certificate prepares instructors to teach English abroad, in community colleges, in immigrant communities — and in Tomasatti’s case, in NC State’s own backyard.
Talking Black in America
African-American language is central to American life, yet it continues to be widely misunderstood and marginalized. A new documentary from the Language and Life Project at NC State draws on decades of research to remedy our understanding. Never before has there been a film devoted solely to African-American speech. The feature-length documentary is the culmination of a three-year effort by the Emmy-winning Language and Life Project — and of a lifetime of research in the field.
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Jul 16, 2018
6 Expressions Say it All: Language Variation in the Tar Heel State
NC State linguist Walt Wolfram discusses six expressions that highlight North Carolina’s unique language tradition.
Jul 3, 2018
Six Must-See 21st Century Documentaries About Life in North Carolina
Film studies professor Marsha Gordon lists six memorable documentaries, released within the past 20 years, that capture the spirit of North Carolina.
Jun 30, 2018
Graduate Student Notes for May/June 2018
Ina Cariño’s creative nonfiction piece "Spam Stigma: An Open Letter to White People" was published on May 7 by VIDA Review. Cariño's poem "Feast" was the winner of the Sundress Publications 2017 Poetry Broadside Contest. The broadsides are available for […]