Why Study English
English majors develop skills:
- To think critically and creatively
- To analyze and interpret complex information,
- To present their analyses through clear and effective writing
Our students study English, American, and World literatures; the English language; and all levels and genres of writing. You will gain extensive experience analyzing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, film, and critical theory.
In addition, you can study the history and structure of English, and then apply that knowledge in advanced literature or writing courses. You will become proficient in research methods and online technologies.
Many of our students also choose to supplement their degree with a double major, with teaching certification, or with a minor in another discipline.
Why Study English at Ship
Studying English at Shippensburg University prepares you for any kind of career that involves:
- Textual analysis
- Information and content management
- Critical thinking
- Clear and convincing writing skills
- An appreciation for creative expression
More than preparing for a profession, studying English allows you to work closely with accomplished faculty in a field that is at the heart of a liberal arts education. Students have opportunities to meet with distinguished visiting writers, editors, filmmakers, and scholars. The
study of language and literature at Ship provides our students with skills that never go out of fashion, skills that continue to develop, nourish, and preserve the legacies of human cultural expression now and for the future.
Students become proficient in online research methods, digital literacies, and multimodal learning. The
Department of English has a computer lab, located in Dauphin Humanities Center, specifically equipped for writing instruction and web design. Our students develop their skills in writing and research through a rich array of online resources available through the university's learning management systems
and its academic databases.
Ship students undertake individual projects via undergraduate research grants, independent study, and on- and off-campus professional internships, or present their work at regional and national
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Upon graduation, our students follow a variety of post-graduate educational and professional paths. Many embark on careers in:
- Related fields
English majors who pursue teaching certification use their specialized training to find teaching positions across Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Others earn graduate degrees in English, creative writing, law, and other professional specialties at prominent research
universities. Some former Ship English majors, like best-selling writer
Dean Koontz or
New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, achieve national reputations.
There are a variety of
internships for English majors through area businesses, publications, and organizations. Recently, students have served as interns for Volvo North America, the Red Cross, McCall's Quilt Magazine, the S.H.A.P.E. Gallery, the Franklin County Literacy Council, the Chambersburg Arts Council, and the Philadelphia
Police Department. Internships are arranged by the student in cooperation with a faculty member. All students majoring in English with secondary certification student teach for 16 weeks in grades 7-12 throughout the central Pennsylvania region.
The average salary for English professors in PA is $45,000.