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 Receives UNC System’s Holshouser Award
Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor, has been honored with the 2018 Gov. James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service. The Holshouser Award is bestowed each year on one faculty member from the UNC System who “exemplifies public service toward improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.”
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."
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.
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May 15, 2019
Walt Wolfram Accepted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
May 1, 2019
Graduate Student Notes for April 2019
May 1, 2019