Our English grads get amazing jobs. But majoring in English is also about joy.

ESU is closer to New York City than any other state university in Pennsylvania. We're a 70-minute drive away. Because of that, we're uniquely situated to give our English majors unparalled access to the most vibrant media market on earth.

Our recent grads have taken superb jobs at the Discovery Channel, CNBC, the Philadelphia Inquirier, HarperCollins Publishers, and our classes get staff visits from world-class publications such as the Wall Street Journal and marketing agencies such as Seed Strategy.

Here are a few actual jobs that our recent English majors have landed in eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York:

We could go on.

But majoring or minoring in English isn't just about amazing employment. It's also a portal to a different way of experiencing life.

"I enjoy it," says one recently declared English minor, who got into reading through Japanese manga and is now taking creative writing classes (taught by our incredibly successful authors and poets). "I feel I have a story to tell. I feel I connect with authors—and I'm very particular about the authors I choose."

When it comes to stories and well-crafted, high-impact communication, we're the experts. We analyze stories. We craft them. We use the latest digital tech to create professional documents with them.

And employers in the 2020s want who we're graduating.

They want students who know grammar. 

As US News & World Report put it recently, "Increasingly, employers seek workers who possess strong communication, creative thinking and interpersonal skills, all of which students should develop in college-level English courses."

Employees who can create persuasive narratives, it turns out, are prized in the worlds of business, media, education, the law, and an array of other career paths.

Of course, an English degree is much more than great preparation for tomorrow's "story-driven" job markets.

Majoring in English is actually fun. Our majors experience the joys of discovering new worlds in reading and creativity. They're an upbeat group, too, people who tend to laugh a lot. Spend an hour in the English Department, and you'll hear it!

For information regarding English Placement Testing, please contact the English Department’s Administrative Assistant, Emily Boyle, at eboyle5@esu.edu.

To find out more about ESU’s English major, the various tracks you can choose, and how they meet your goals and dreams, you can start by emailing Dr. Jeff Hotz, department chair or by calling us at (570) 422-3315.

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Dr. Jeff Hotz, department chair, by email or at (570) 422-3315 to learn more about ESU’s English major.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 309
(570) 422-3398
(570) 422-3012 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair
Jeffrey P. Hotz
(570) 422-3315