The English Department wishes all of our new graduates passionate and illustrious futures as they make their way into the world outside of the university. Here are some highlights from our farewell party and the ceremony (opens as pdf).
What can you do with an English degree? Pretty much anything you can imagine. Our English majors have become surgeons, public relations people, novelists, teachers and much, much more. Check out our Alumni Update page for pictures and personal stories.
More than 100 English department students have roamed the world, following in the footsteps of their favorite authors, thanks to the Wentworth Travel Fellowships. See all the details here.
eNGLISH IN ACTION sHOWCASE
Twice a year, students display their research during this showcase, which highlights the best in literature, travel writing, community outreach and more projects. Here are some samples from past EiA Showcases..
Wondering what students think of it? Check out this student-made video.
The English Department has been key in bringing such internationally known authors as John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, documentary maker Ken Burns and many other literary and media figures to campus. The complete list of past speakers is here.
Awards and honors
Close mentoring with our faculty members means that students can explore subjects and work toward departmental and university honors.
English in Action Showcase
Welcome to the English Department
Our professors have the academic heft of decades of study and discovery that gives them the muscle to create students who have the power to make their dreams come true.
Our students go on to become entrepreneurs, publicity agents, television producers, authors, foreign correspondents for news agencies, reporters and editors, teachers, professors, web site developers, lawyers, doctors, and much, much more.
Our professors start with the premise that students have dreams, and our primary job is to make those dreams real.
Our students explore the texture of language in all its roughness and plasticity through literature, writing, and language courses. About half of our majors focus on literary studies—exploring how the imagination expresses itself through literature and culture—with the other half focusing on professional writing—acquiring the skills to succeed in a writing career in the corporate, journalistic, or artistic world.
The English Department faculty embraces the cutting edge of teaching, extensively using “smart” classrooms, so that courses have the three-dimensionality of video, audio, and interactivity that make subjects leap off the page. Why not listen to Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda recite his own poetry? Why not watch Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V rally his men before the battle of Agincourt? Why not see a live camera feed of The New York Times daily editors meeting? Renowned for their excellent teaching, our professors have received a number of university teaching awards.
Sending Interns Into the Wider World
Our internship program is unsurpassed in finding opportunities for English majors and minors and journalism minors to gain real-world experience and has placed interns in the prestigious Dow-Jones Newspaper Fund editing internship, CBS’ New York City internship program, and in more than 100 other local and national venues.
Undergraduate students can focus on our three primary options: Literary Studies, Professional Writing, or Teacher Licensure.
Even if your degree takes you in another direction, students can still hone their writing skills, develop their understanding of literature, and enhance their powers of written persuasion by minoring in English. We also offer the valuable career credential of a Certificate in Professional Writing.
Graduate students can take advantage of a faculty that has published more than 40 books and hundreds of journal articles on literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, cultural studies, and much, much more. Graduate students accepted into our program will encounter high academic expectations leavened by mentoring from world-class scholars. Our graduate students go on to Ph.D. programs, find teaching jobs with community colleges and major universities, and continue to successful careers in administration, education, and business.
Feel free to contact us.
We welcome you to the department. The knowledge you gain here will stay with you and enrich your life in ways that may surprise you.
My door is always open. Really, it is.
--Don Bushman, Interim Chair
Department of English
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S College Road
Wilmington, N.C., 28403-5947