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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Walt Wolfram Accepted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor, linguist, and director of the Language and Life Project at NC State, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which brings together leaders across fields and disciplines to address topics both national and global.
Bringing Medieval Literature into the Digital Age
Tim Stinson, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, has been collaborating with other medieval literature scholars to breathe new nife into a more than 600-year-old poem.
MFA Alumnus Wins Prestigious Writing Prize
Poet Tyree Daye, who earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from NC State in 2017, is one of 10 recipients of a 2019 Whiting Award, one of the largest and most prestigious awards given to emerging writers in the United States.
Professor Extracts Biological Clues from Ancient Books
In an effort to tell the full history of medieval manuscripts, English professor Tim Stinson is teaming up with scientists to collect structural proteins and DNA from old texts.