Small Classes, Great Faculty
Look around the English Department at EIU and you won’t see lecture halls. We keep classes small to allow for close interaction among students and faculty.
Who teaches our classes? All classes required in the English major at EIU are taught by full-time faculty members with PhDs. These active writers and scholars keep up with new developments in the areas they teach, and they bring that knowledge to their classes.
Read what students have to say about interacting with faculty.
EIU English graduates work in a wide variety of areas, including writing and editing, other communications jobs, law, public relations, college student services, advertising, careers in nonprofit agencies, and jobs in the corporate sector, especially marketing and human resources, teaching English abroad, and of course teaching at the high school or college levels.
Many alumni also pursue graduate education, and in recent years our graduates have been successful in obtaining funding from competitive colleges and universities. Currently, our alumni are graduate students in fields including literature, creative writing, library science, and new media studies at the University of Colorado, New York University, Purdue University, University of Tennessee, University of Illinois, Kent State University, DePaul University, Southern Illinois University, and EIU.
Check out some examples of what you can do with an English Major here.
Finally, our alumni who pursue creative writing have had significant success, publishing their work in respected publications such as Poetry, Spoon River Quarterly, Harper’s, Ms. and Story.