The central mission of BU’s English Department is the study of literature in all its rich variety, from the still-evolving canon of past works to newly emerging cultural and media forms. English students develop the critical, linguistic, and imaginative skills required to understand literature and thrive in the modern world. Most of our courses are seminar-size (20 students or fewer), so students work closely with professors. Our classes celebrate the pleasures and powers of art, strengthen the ability to write effective prose, and engage the diversity and complexities of life. The English major and minor give students the freedom to choose from a wide range of courses led by world-class scholars who are also dedicated teachers. Our faculty have won over a dozen teaching and advising prizes at BU, including two Metcalf awards.
For people concerned about the professional value of an English degree, we have good news. In addition to studying the literature, ideas, and cultures that have changed the world and will shape your life, English majors and minors have excellent career prospects. Degrees in English strengthen applications to law, business, medical, and other graduate schools. Employers in all sectors value English degrees because they value creativity, critical thinking, communication skills, and the capacity to work across different cultures.
English majors are doing amazing things. They report higher levels of satisfaction in their studies, and their employment and salary figures compare favorably to those of other majors. Whatever your commitments, passions, and goals, studying English speaks to you. To learn more about the advantages of a Humanities degree in general and an English degree in particular, click on the six links below for data, articles, and personal stories.