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Turn Your Passion for English Into A Career.

What can’t you do with an English major? The skills you’ll build as you earn your bachelor’s degree in English can take you anywhere. Build a career in education, authorship, counseling, law, or even marketing. Shape your own worldview, informed by the study of famous authors like Shakespeare, Austen, Dickinson, and Hurston.

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At Roberts, we are committed to giving you a head start in earning income and achieving your personal goals by helping you graduate in four years. In fact, we guarantee it.


Program Highlights

Sharpen your sword and apply your skills to any industry.

Forge your path forward, informed by those who have come before us.

Earn your initial certification master’s degree in one year.


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Lydia Fanara ‘25 (English) transferred to Roberts to pursue her dream of becoming a published author.

She shares, “My aim in getting an English degree is to learn everything I can about what makes a good story. That includes studying the best writers of the past. I have the opportunity to endlessly analyze literature, an experience that is rewarding in more ways than one.”

What Will I Learn

As an English major, you’ll read broadly and learn to write pointedly and passionately. You’ll spend time in all genres of literature across every era of human history.

You will:

  • Study rigorous and engaging literature courses
  • Gain breadth and depth – study centuries of literature and dive into a favorite author’s work
  • Sharpen your writing and communication skills
  • Expand and purify your imagination
  • Immerse yourself in community and attend special events such as watching a play at Geva Theatre
  • Be mentored by professors and alumni

Career Outlook


  • Pastoral Intern
  • Human Resources at Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Student Teaching


  • Writer/Editor
  • English Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Counselor
  • Brand Strategist
  • Web Designer
  • Senior Pastor
  • Videographer/Editor
  • Property Manager

Grad Schools

  • Roberts Wesleyan University
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Syracuse University
  • Duke Divinity University
  • McMaster Divinity College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Emerson College
  • SUNY Brockport
  • SUNY Brockport

Frequently Asked Questions

An English degree involves studying some of the most famous authors of all time. It allows you to craft your own views of the world, as you draw inspiration from literature.

As an English major, you will dabble in topics like American literature, world literature, the novel, children’s and adolescent literature, major authors, and more.

English majors read broadly and learn to write pointedly and passionately. They learn to ask what the most incisive and creative minds have asked and to discern—amidst a Christian community—how to stay true to God and themselves in a confusing world. And of course they write. English majors become skilled at organizing heaps of information; they learn how to change people’s minds. Not every graduate has these skills anymore, and many employers seek to hire such people.

Studying English can help you acquire important skills, such as:

  • Learning to read in an efficient and careful manner – helping you to notice things others may miss. 
  • The ability to write in a coherent and clear way. 
  • Being able to think outside yourself, consider others’ points of views, and feel empathy for others.

An English degree can open the door to many job opportunities. Some examples include: 

  • English Teachers
  • Library Occupations
  • Management
  • Writers and Authors
  • Editors
  • Lawyers
  • Brand Strategists
  • Professors
  • Radio Broadcasters
  • Researchers

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the median annual wage for those with an English degree was $51,000 in 2019. Naturally, the numbers will differ by area, level, field, and position.

Yes! If you come to campus for an individual visit, you can meet individually with a professor to get an overview of the major and your individual questions answered. Our Discovery Day events typically include a Faculty & Services Expo, where you can meet your future professors.

We are committed to helping students meet the financial obligation to earn a degree and advance a career. Our Office of Student Financial Services works to assist all students in their effort to maximize financial aid. We award financial assistance to 100% of our undergraduate students.

Related Majors

Communication - As a Communication Major, you will complete three main components: Christian Liberal Arts, Communication Coursework, as well as your Concentration coursework, en route to a Communication Degree.
History - We believe that the History major will prepare men and women to be active and thoughtful participants in our complex and ever changing world, en route to a History Degree.
Spanish Minor - The Spanish major consists of upper-level Spanish courses taught by qualified instructors, many of whom are native speakers. Successful completion of this program results in a Spanish Minor.
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