Department of English


    • English Studies:  This concentration offers a well-rounded English degree including an internship to help develop professional focus. With a background in literature, writing, and rhetoric, graduates have gone to careers in law, politics, nonprofits, social media, blogging, entrepreneurship, marketing and teaching English abroad. >>checksheet

    • English Writing:  This concentration focuses on writing, including fiction, nonfiction, technical, dramatic and creative writing. The internship allows students to gain experience in lucrative and rewarding careers in social media/ blogging, technical writing, and professional writing in industry as well as in journalism and fiction writing.  >>checksheet

    • English Education/ English – Communication Education: These two concentrations prepare future English teachers. Graduates currently teach in many states, including Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin as well as in local school districts here in Pennsylvania . >>checksheet

    • Theatre: A theatre concentration offers students many of the same career options as the English Studies degree along with experience in drama, musical theatre, production, and music. Students build a resume through productions here on the RMU campus as well as in Pittsburgh, both backstage and onstage. >>checksheet

English Majors

What can you do with an English major?   An English major is a broad and flexible degree; rather than preparing graduates for a narrow occupation or job position, a degree in English “offers graduates a wide variety of career paths to follow. With an emphasis on communication and the written word, English majors learn to research, analyze and interpret information. They are encouraged to be critical and creative while exploring the many cultures of the world around them as well as the cultures that have come before them” (“Ten Things to Do with an English Degree”).


Why an English major at RMU?   Compared to competitor’s departments, RMU’s English department is very strong in its continuing tradition of forging interdisciplinary connections that integrate “liberal arts with a professionally focused, applied education that prepares students for leadership in a rapidly changing world” (Mission Statement). English faculty teach in the interdisciplinary DSC program, publish in interdisciplinary journals (such as The Journal of Popular Culture and Issues in Information Systems), and have been awarded grants to work collaboratively with faculty from the School of Education and the Department of Engineering. This models for students the multiple internship and career paths open to English majors with interdisciplinary interests and abilities. 


What is an English Education major?   An English Education major IS an English major who takes nearly all of the courses taken by English Studies majors, along with an additional eight education courses. To complete their program of study, English Education students complete a student-teaching internship. These students are certified to teach grades 7 -12 (and if in a middle school, with a principal’s letter, they can teach 6th grade as well). Middle-Level Education majors are Education majors with a multi-disciplinary focus of study (English, Math, Science, etc.) and are certified to teach grades 4 – 8. Early Childhood Education majors are also Education majors with a multi-disciplinary focus of study and are certified to teach grades Pre-K -4.

Successful English majors:

Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York

Michael Eisner (English/ Theatre double major), former CEO of Disney

Jodie Foster, Academy Award-winning Actress

Kathryn Fuller, Director of the World Wildlife Fund

Angelo Giamatti, Seventh Commissioner of Baseball

Andrea Jung, former CEO of Avon

Stephen King, Author

Arthur Miller, Playwright

Toni Morrison, Author

Hank Paulson, former Treasury Secretary

Sally Ride, Astronaut

Mitt Romney, former CEO of Bain Capital & politician

Diane Sawyer, Journalist

Herb Scannell, president of Nickelodeon & MTV Networks

Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning Director

Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-winning Director

Amy Tan, Author

Clarence Thomas, Justice of the Supreme Court

Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize winner (Medicine)

Barbara Walters, Journalist

Emma Watson, Actress

Bob Woodward, Journalist

Renée Zellweger, Academy Award-winning Actress

Careers applicable for English majors: 

Actor/ Actress

Administrator (hospital, university, industry)







Book Critic

Business Manager

Campaign Manager

College Professor




Education & Training

ESL Teacher/ Teaching English Abroad

Film/ TV Director

Freelance Writer/ Consultant


Grant Writer

HR Specialist



Law Enforcement




PR Director


Social Media Consultant


Technical Writer

Web Designer