Why earn a bachelor's degree in English?

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Dec. 15
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In the age of information, knowing how to write persuasively and to read perceptively is more important than ever. The ability to interpret artistic expression is vital in a world that is becoming smaller and more interdependent.

The English program at UND offers small, active-learning classes in which you discuss real-world issues. You receive individualized attention, as you develop the writing, critical thinking, and research skills that employers are looking for.

Choose from the following paths:

  • Major in English (B.A.)
  • Major in English (B.A.) – Teacher Licensure
  • Minor in English

Whichever path you choose, you can tailor your coursework to your specific goals and set yourself up for success in any career.

Whether you're interested in creative writing, publishing, business, arts administration, writing for digital platforms, law, medicine, teaching, or any other field, an English degree from UND helps you develop the skills you need:

  • Strong reading, writing, and communication skills
  • Critical thinking and interpretation, with an emphasis on solving problems
  • An understanding of culture and the ability to engage with diverse perspectives
  • An awareness of how creative, artistic expression makes a difference in the world

English at UND

  • Earn a Certificate in Writing and Editing

  • Engage with your peers through the Adelphi Literary Society

  • Interact with world-renowned authors at the annual UND Writers Conference

  • Apply for scholarships through the English Department.

  •  Attend events like the Annual UND Writer's Conference.

  • Contribute to Floodwall Magazine, UND's student-run literary magazine.

English Careers


UND English graduates employed or pursuing graduate degrees



Median annual salary of writers and authors in the United States

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

As an English major, your communication skills and creativity are transferable to a broad range of professions, including:

  • Editor
  • Translator
  • Linguistic researcher
  • Public relations specialist
  • Journalist
  • Creative writer
  • Teacher
  • Attorney

Our students have gone on to careers in:

  • Advertising and public relations
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • The ministry
  • Consulting
  • Publishing
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Linguistic research
  • Translation
  • The military
  • Teaching
  • Government agencies

You'll be in demand no matter what path you pursue. What can you do with an English degree? Pretty much anything.

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English Courses You Could Take

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