Five Great Reasons to Major in English at Springfield College
|English majors have many career options |
A major in English can prepare students for careers in education, journalism, research, government, publishing, advertising, technical or creative writing, and editing. Law schools, graduate programs, and non-profit organizations especially value English majors for their highly developed skills in critical thinking, researching, and communication. Indeed, English majors have skills and habits of intellectual rigor which are adaptable to many kinds of jobs.
Springfield College’s English program allows students to choose a concentration that suits their interests and goals: education certification at the elementary or secondary levels, British literature, or American literature. Additionally, many Springfield College students minor or double-major in a related field—a crucial flexibility, as few college graduates remain working in a single career over the course of a lifetime.
|English majors communicate clearly and effectively|
We live in a global, technological age in which the ability to persuade, argue, and express ideas well is of paramount importance. English majors at Springfield College get a firm foundation in reading, writing, and speaking—fundamentals of success in almost every profession. Good communication skills are also important for life outside of a career: persuading neighbors to support a community initiative, protesting a policy or billing error, or writing sincere words of comfort to a grieving friend. English majors are never at a loss for words.
|English majors excel at critical thinking, organization, and research|
Analysis, interpretation, and research are the backbone of our courses, from first-year writing, to literary surveys, to the senior seminar. English majors learn to critique, analyze, and respond to arguments and interpretations, and they get ample practice in developing and supporting arguments of their own.
Springfield College students learn the skills needed to analyze a variety of texts: not only poems, short stories, and novels, but also non-fiction essays, films, song lyrics, Web pages, advertisements, and more. These skills carry over into all aspects of life requiring careful response and confident decisions.
|English majors enrich the life of the mind by contributing to the artistic community|
In an increasingly professionalized world, English majors see value in the arts, imagination, and self-expression. They take pleasure in using language creatively; they recognize the importance of what literature can teach us. Reflecting on the world and their place in it, English majors gain insight and perspective; they learn to see the world in new ways, and they help others to do so, too.
The pleasures that come from writing creatively—whether poetry, stories, or non-fiction essays— are not measurable in merely financial terms, but our students still find such efforts to be incredibly rewarding and valuable to themselves as individuals and to their communities. As our majors contribute to campus publications (such as the literary journal Alden Street Review, the weekly newspaper The Student, and The Pride Sports Journal) and present their writing at public readings and at the campus' annual Scholars in Action Day, they are honing skills that will amply repay them, both intellectually and practically, throughout their lives.
|English majors at Springfield College learn from highly-qualified, caring faculty members|
Our teachers are experts in their fields who are active scholars and writers. Faculty members attend professional conferences, publish books, and share their research in their classrooms. They are always at work to become even more effective as teachers.
Aside from their high academic qualifications, our faculty members are also remarkably dedicated and caring teachers and mentors. Springfield College English professors know and respect their students, and they work closely with them to ensure students are successful.