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Earn Your Degree in English
Explore The English Honors Program
Do you embrace challenges? Consider the English Honors program for advanced study opportunities. Honors students sign on for small seminar classes, independent study with faculty mentors, and sustained research projects.
The department offers a B.A. in English. Choose from a variety of concentrations to pursue your passions: focus on creative writing; film; literature; rhetoric and professional writing; or earn your credentials to become a teacher.
At NC State, you don’t have to limit your education to the classroom. Test your wings and study abroad. Try out some career paths through internships. Contribute to the discipline by conducting research.
Explore our B.A. concentrations
MEET OUR STUDENTS Caleb Bartholomew
Caleb Bartholomew, Literature '20
What advice would you give to incoming students?
"Don’t settle with your schedule unless you’re satisfied with it. Meeting requirements is important, yes, but prioritize your interests first, what you know will help your development, and figure out how it will meet requirements (with your advisor) next!"
Academic Minors and Certificates
Choose from eight English minors to enhance your undergraduate experience, gain valuable skill sets in writing, editing and communication that are highly valued in any profession.
Earn Your Professional Writing Credentials
Master the fundamentals of writing and editing while you sharpen your publication skills and your knowledge of the profession. Through this five-course program, we’ll help you get ready to enter the fields of journalism, public relations, information services and technical writing.
"Now, the down side is that it’s always piece work. You get up and you face the same blank page every day. The up side is that you face the same blank page every day. And every day is a chance at redemption. Every day is a chance to do it better. Every day is a chance to make yourself laugh as you write. It’s a wonderful way to make a living. And the overhead is so low."-- Dan Neil (M.A., English '86), Pulitzer Prize winning auto columnist for the Wall Street Journal
In addition to supporting all the students who choose NC State for our outstanding English program, our department also touches nearly all students at the university .
Most NC State students take one or two writing courses in their freshman year, depending on their placement scores, to satisfy the general education requirements in writing and speaking.
Juniors and seniors majoring in a variety of technical, scientific, and management-oriented fields choose among several professional writing courses.
Students who want real world experiences that test their writing, editing and communication skills come to our department’s internship program. We’ll make sure you find expert supervision in professional settings.
Find engaging courses and programs and learn from experience. Undergraduate research opportunities, service and community-based learning, collaborative projects, and learning communities await you here at NC State!
Ask and ye may receive. We award scholarships to English majors through the A.M. Fountain Scholarship, the Eugene H. Harrison Scholarship, the Guy Owen Memorial Scholarship, and the Department of English Interns' Scholarship.
English Honor Society
The NC State Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta – Alpha Pi Theta – recognizes high scholastic achievement and offers opportunities for leadership and service.