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
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."
Outstanding Seniors Awarded NC State’s Highest Non-Academic Distinction
NC State’s Alumni Association pays special attention to students who emerge as campus leaders, knowing the special traits these undergraduates hone here will serve them – and the wider world – once they graduate. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes a few of the university’s seniors who are role models for leadership and service with the Mathews Medal. Adora Nsonwu (BA ‘18 in Anthropology and English), is one of this year’s three recipients.
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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Nov 9, 2018
MA Alumni Discuss their Careers in Higher Education
As a part of our Fall 2018 English Graduate Colloquium series, two of our MA alumni students returned to NC State as guest panelists. Melody Owens (MA ’17, Rhetoric and Composition) teaches as an English instructor at Wake Technical Community […]
Nov 9, 2018
Jose Alvarez-Retamales Presented at the Hispanics Linguistics Symposium
Jose Alvarez-Retamales, a first-year MA linguistics concentration student, presented “Esta pobre oveja asi tumbadica: Usos de los adjetivos enninos hispanohablantes” (translation: “The use of adjectives in hispanic children”) at the Hispanics Linguistics Symposium this past October.
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Novelist Brando Skyhorse: A Reading and Celebration of the 2018 NC State Fiction Contest Winners
Talley Student Union, Piedmont-Mountains Ballroom