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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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.
Constructing Identity Among Italians at NC State
A Fulbright fellow from Italy, Cecilia Tomasatti studies sociolinguistics in the Department of English. One of her first graduate research projects after arriving in the United States explored how other exchange students were adjusting to life on campus. We asked Tomasatti about her research, which she presented at the 2017 NC State Graduate Student Research Symposium. Her poster, “Constructing Identity Among Italians at NC State,” placed second in the humanities category.
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.
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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May 22, 2017
Building a Legacy
NC State alumna Clare Jordan founded the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity more than 25 years ago. She now supports an endowment that will benefit students who are completing nonprofit internships.
May 10, 2017
Meet Some of Our Outstanding 2017 Graduates
Our army of nearly 38,600 Humanities and Social Sciences alumni will grow even larger this spring, as nearly 1,000 of our undergraduate and graduate students earn NC State diplomas for their hard work. Meet a few of our outstanding graduates and see what's next for them after commencement.
May 10, 2017 | College of Humanities and Social Sciences News
Celebrating Our Staff
The college held its annual staff awards luncheon April 20 to recognize and celebrate Humanities and Social Sciences staff. Eight staff members were nominated for awards for excellence. The college also recognized staff members who have reached milestone years in their careers with the state.