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Video: The English major at Notre Dame

Author: Todd Boruff

What is the English major like at Notre Dame?

"The English major prepares you go anywhere you want — anywhere the world calls you to go," said English major Matt Rusin.

In English, you’ll take classes like:

  • Global Romanticism
  • Writing Harlem
  • Children's Literature
  • Contemporary U.S. Novel
  • Writing Short Texts
  • Poetry Writing
  • Introduction to Old Norse
  • Fiction Writing

English majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as analysis, clear writing, critical thinking and empathy. 

After graduation, students go on to top graduate and professional schools and work in a variety of professions and industries. First jobs include:

  • Editor, World Book
  • Multimedia journalist, WFXL
  • Business technology analyst, Deloitte
  • Marketing coordinator, Sodexo
  • Technical writer, Elemental Scientific

 "The capacity to think about what others need and communicate accordingly, I think it's a skill really cherished in any kind of field," said English major Jiale Hu.

“The capacity to think about what others need and communicate accordingly, I think it's a skill really cherished in any kind of field.”