As a literature major, you'll discover how great books have reflected the world and changed it. You'll develop the kind of critical thinking and writing skills that can be applied to many different careers. As you study the history of literature and the signature works of some of the greatest writers who've ever lived, you will explore the different ways that culture and history shape each other. You'll read closely and discuss great ideas in class, deepening essential skills in research, argumentation and writing. And, of course, by reading great books, you'll be enriched in ways that go far beyond the rewards of your future profession.
Why Major in English?
- Your Skills Are in Demand
Students in literature and creative writing are the best writers on campus. English majors are proven to be great critical thinkers and readers, detail-oriented writers, creative communicators and passionate learners. These abilities-to converse, design, analyze, troubleshoot and resolve issues-are invaluable in an endless number of professions. You can also easily enhance these skills by adding a minor in Professional Writing and Rhetoric.
- Great Opportunities in English and Secondary Education
Students who combine the study of literature with licensure in secondary education have a 100% job placement rate. The world needs more great teachers, and you can become one of them.
- A Community of Writers and Readers
At Queens, we've developed a strong community of writers and lovers of literature. literature and creative writing students work together to publish the literary magazine Signet and to sponsor annual readings of their own works. Our community of writers is taught by award-winning faculty, including a nominee for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and we regularly feature readings by visiting writers and talks by literary professionals.
Our English majors have held internships at various magazines, small presses, organizations and businesses. More specifically, some have interned with:
- Charlotte Arts and Science Council
- Carolina Actors Studio
- The Charlotte Observer
- Charlotte Arts Magazine
- Charlotte Magazine
- Creative Loafing News
- Pro-Edit Incorporated
- Jefferson Pilot Insurance
"Queens professors care about students' academics yes, but they also care about them developing and growing as individuals."
When You Graduate
Queens students in writing and literature have worked in publishing, editing, newspaper and television journalism, copywriting and advertising. We also have graduates who have become employees in a variety of non-traditional fields ranging from financial institutions to small businesses.
Some of our alums have pursued graduate degrees in literature, creative writing, teaching, drama and law, furthering their studies at Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, University of New Orleans, George Mason University, UNC-Greensboro, University of Iowa, Simmons College, and University of Washington.
"People say that when you fall deeply in love with someone, you can read the phonebook with them and feel completely content. I have fallen head over heels for the professors and students at Queens. I could easily read the phonebook with any Queens family member and learn something brilliant and insightful." -English literature major Amy Bareham '16