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
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Therese Fowler Named 2017 Distinguished Alumna
Therese Fowler, MFA 2005, has been named the College of Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 Distinguished Alumna. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, among other works. Z is available in multiple languages worldwide and has been adapted as an original television series for Amazon Studios, starring Christina Ricci.
Language, Gender and Disney Princesses
NC State graduate student Karen Eisenhauer studies how language in the Disney Princess movies can depict and represent gender roles. Eisenhauer, who will earn her master’s degree in linguistics in May, recently presented some of her latest research at the NC State Graduate Student Research Symposium. Her poster, “Directives in Disney and Pixar Movies: A Quantitative Analysis,” won first place in the humanities category.
Street Smarts and the Arts
Throughout 2016, a group of NC State creative writing graduate students including Tyree Daye and Alabama Stone (pictured) introduced poetry to the men and women who visited Haven House, a local nonprofit serving at-risk youth and their families. As part of their own literary outreach program called Street Smarts and the Arts, the students hosted informal poetry workshops with the young people who passed through the center.
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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Oct 9, 2017
Meet Our 2017-18 Dean's Scholars
Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to introduce the latest recipients of the Dean's Scholar Award.
Sep 30, 2017
Graduate Student Notes for September
CHASS Capstone Award Nominees The following 2017 master’s degree graduates have been nominated for the CHASS Outstanding Capstone Award: MA English Alison Martin (Barbara Bennett and Emily Winderman COM)—"Rhetoric of Identification […]