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Make Your Mark on the World

English Major

Among the most commonly spoken languages in the world, English is the language of media, the internet, business, science, computers, diplomacy, tourism and more. Command over the English language does more than give you culture and style – it opens up a world of possibilities for your future.

Why Choose an English Major at Salisbury University?

Salisbury University’s English major prepares students not only for the workplace of today, but the workplace of tomorrow, graduate school and lifelong learning. We cultivate visionary thinkers with a wide range of courses – from analyzing Medieval literature to the strategies of digital media.

As a Salisbury student, you could take part in the following opportunities:

  • Contribute to and edit a literary magazine
  • Attend on-campus events such as Writers on the Shore, featuring world-renowned writers
  • Enter the SU Student Film Festival
  • Study abroad, including places like London, Ghana and Iceland
  • Take up variety of internships

Our department may be housed in a small city, but our outreach is truly international: Our graduates have taught English abroad in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. We are also home to one of most distinguished academic journals worldwide, Literature/Film Quarterly.

English Major Tracks and Concentrations

At SU, students may complete the liberal arts English major in one of seven unique ways to bring their words to life. From creative writing to teacher certification, we will put the pen in your hand and help you write your story.

Meet Logan – English Major

Meet Logan – English Major

Hear about the diverse ways of thinking and the many opportunities for creativity within the English major.

Careers for English Majors

What do you do as an English major? Writing and command over the English language are prime skills for any job, and a true writer knows that the best way to reach others is often through words. With our English program, you can make your mark on the world as a:

  • Book Reviewer
  • Journalist
  • Literary Agent
  • Newspaper Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Research Assistant
  • Screenwriter

English Major Faculty with Real-World Experience

At SU, you can be assured that you are learning from masters of the craft. Our professors are active scholars in their fields and publish books, articles, essays and anthologies. They present their work at academic conferences, give readings across the country and are active in their communities. With the instruction of our faculty, SU English majors have won national fellowships.

Meet Your English Faculty:
John Nieves

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Dr. John Nieves works extensively in creative writing and publishing. He is an accomplished poet, having published dozens of poems in various leading journals, and he has been nominated six times for the prestigious Pushcart Prize. “Curio,” his book of poetry, has received rave reviews from top poets around the country. Nieves is well known for his dedication and enthusiasm for working with students, and his students have had great success publishing their work nationally. He also is involved with students in numerous other ventures, including as the faculty advisory for SU’s Scarab literacy magazine.

Learn More About Our English Program