Words and the World
What do you do with words? Language generates stories, voices, personalities, events, and more. Words not only reflect but also create our understanding of the world we live in every day. They span historical eras. They help us understand who and where we are, as well as what life meant to our ancestors. They help us empathize with other people and cultures. They make us human.
The Power of Words: Aesthetics, Persuasion, and Innovation
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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.
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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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Landmark Exhibit Unearths History
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Poetry Collection Reflects On Raleigh, City Life
Jon Thompson’s fourth book of poetry, Notebook of Last Things, reflects at length on an unnamed city; its growth, its constant reinvention, and how its citizens interact with it. While the city is not named in any of the poems, it is Raleigh.
Bestselling Author Stirs Coffee, Conversation
Her debut novel now a bestseller, English alumna Etaf Rum is sharing her love of writing at her new coffee shop in Rocky Mount.
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.