A lot of people think that an English degree only prepares you to be an academic, to be a teacher, or to be a writer. Sure these are all possibilities - but there are so many more. 



A degree in English gives you a lot of skills: communication (clarity and grace in writing and speaking), the ability to process complex and various kinds of information (from the large scale, like the organization of a novel, to the small scale, like the structure of a single line of poetry), and attention to audience (considering the subtle effects of a shift in narrative voice, or the perspective of an advertising campaign). 

Most importantly, however, it teaches intellectual flexibility and nuance. When people are hiring, they don’t just want someone with a set of skills: they want someone who can learn new skills quickly, who can adapt to new forms, and who can read situations, and people, carefully and critically. It is a degree that will get you hired, and if you want to see what some of our recent English graduates are doing, just scroll down.

But we here at the Sewanee English Department also insist that the value of pursuing English isn’t just about its preparation for work (though we all think that is important). Every person, regardless of their job, deserves to experience beauty, and literature is beautiful. To experience beauty in its fullness, study, guidance, and collaboration are all necessary. Work is important, but studying English should also remind you what you’re working for. This degree will help you get a job, but it will also prepare you for all the hours you aren’t working. 


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