Prepare yourself for the work force by gaining experiences that will help you in all fields. Students interested in writing, reading, research, and creativity and developing these marketable skills needed for a changing job outlook should consider English as a major. Students will gain abilities in writing, editing, revising, researching, and learn how to critique one another. No other major on campus offers this particular combination in such intensity.
English graduates have gone on to work at various positions across the country. Many of our students entered the corporate world of copy writing and web design. Others are working with publishing houses as editors, while some are using their experiences to become journalists or go to law school. Our English program prepares students for any job that requires excellent writing and thinking skills and the need for strong communication skills.
At UW-River Falls, students have the opportunity to participate in experiences that contribute to their overall success while at the university. Students have participated in the UWRF Summer Scholar Program doing undergraduate research and in NCUR, the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
Students focus on professional development through course work, acquiring skills in classes such as technical and professional writing, opinion writing, and proposal writing, while taking more traditional English classes as well.
Location is key to students pursuing this degree. Because of our proximity to Minneapolis/St. Paul, the English department has had students intern at places like The Loft Literary Center, The Science Museum, and Graywolf Press. Creative writing and Literature emphases are so intimately connected that all English students have an incredible background as readers and as writers.
English majors at UWRF are given ample opportunities for working within a professional business setting or working hands-on in a classroom setting. Students can connect with their peers through organizations such as the Literary Society and Prologue-a student literary magazine. Students gain unique experiences while on campus, enhancing professional experiences.
English majors who pursue an emphasis in education have the opportunity to work not only within the River Falls area, but also to take advantage of partnerships UWRF has within the Twin Cities and other local areas. Learn about these opportunities from the Secondary Education planning sheet.