Why study English?
Do you love literature? If so, English is a field for you. English majors focus on reading for breadth and depth. This refines your critical thinking and writing skills. You will become highly adaptable to a variety of careers.
Our faculty have diverse teaching and research expertise. That means you’ll have many topics to study. Each faculty member has come to AU because of his or her love of teaching undergraduate students.
Our proximity to Chicago also connects you with an array of internships, author talks and museum visits.
- Creative nonfiction writing
- Critical approaches to literature, stylistics, language, literacy and cognition
- Fiction writing
- Gender and literature
- Graphic novels
- Immigration in the United States
- Poetry writing
- Racial and ethnic literatures
- Travel narratives
- War and literature
Many English students double major. Popular second majors include:
- Communication and media
- Political science
- Secondary education
- Digital communicator
- Grant writer
- Marketing professional
An education for a lifetime
Studying English does more than teach you the skills you need for a successful career. It challenges you to see the world in a new way. A liberal arts education offers you the insight and understanding to discover what matters and lead a more fulfilling life.