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
Each year, the NC State 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.
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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Mar 21, 2019
Bryant, Colin, Levchenko, and Jenkins Presented at 40th Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference Conference
Our MA Film Studies students Phillip Bryant, Mariana Colín, Darya Levchenko and Austin Jenkins presented their research last month at the 40th Southwest Popular American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Their academic trip was financed from the individual English Graduate Travel Awards granted […]
Mar 8, 2019
Chen, Khan, and Xie Presented at 8th Annual Symposium in Communicating Complex Information Conference
Our MS Technical Communication students presented their research at the 8th Annual Symposium in Communicating Complex Information (SCCI) at Louisiana Tech University last month. SCCI 2019 aims to explore how the design and presentation of complex information affect how humans use […]
Mar 2, 2019
Graduate Student Notes for February 2019
Peter Andrews and Marie Bissell, both first-year MA linguistics concentration students, presented at the Linguistic Society of America and American Dialect Society conferences in January. Andrews presented "Gender Differentiation of Ruralness in Southeastern Ohio," and Bissell presented "The Phonology of Intrusive [l]" and "The Role of […]