Why English?


At Shippensburg University, English majors and minors graduate with not only an appreciation for literature and the arts but also with the skills needed to advance into a variety of careers. The English Department provides students with skills that consistently rank highest among attributes employers* want, including the ability to:

  • think outside the box, innovate and create
  • solve problems
  • apply their written and oral communication skills
  • appreciate diversity
  • work independently as well as part of a team

Graduating with a degree in English enables students to engage in careers in publishing, journalism, web content writing and design, public relations, teaching, and marketing, among countless others. From small businesses to large corporations; from local newspapers to mass media outlets: with an English major, the job possibilities are endless.

Why English at Ship? You’ll Go Places!

At Ship, we strive to move our students out of the classroom so you can see your skills in action: through conferences, internships, tutoring opportunities, and undergraduate faculty-student research. With our small class sizes and close mentorship, you will learn, grow, and apply the skills you need and graduate with confidence!

Heather Ritter Headshot"[This department has] an inherent desire to better students and help them no matter what. - Heather Ritter, '18

Anne Long Headshot"English gives you the opportunity to think critically and hone your writing skills, which are not things everyone can do." - Anne Long, '19


* National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2013