An English degree is one of the most flexible and useful degrees you can earn.

We English majors are smart. We are bold. We are creative. And we can communicate.


The business world loves us because we know how to get points across effectively, whether it's in advertising writing or through an email to a new client. We know how to get attention and keep it.

In fact, you're reading this right now, aren't you? It was written by -- you guessed it -- an English major.

In the recent era of economic recession, the English major has proven to be remarkably solid on the job market, and the statistics prove it. If anyone ever tells you that English majors can't get jobs, they simply don't know what they're talking about.

Indeed, some of the biggest names in media, business, and the law all started as English majors.

Conan O'Brien, Vin Diesel, James Franco, former MTV CEO Judy McGrath, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, among many other success stories, all majored in English.

They earn graduate degrees in English, journalism, and communication, and they go to law school and MBA programs. And as one recent national newspaper story put it, there exists a "growing demand in corporations for people who can successfully convey complicated ideas into text. "English majors become writers and attorneys, editors and government officials, teachers and administrators, and directors of corporate communications and public relations programs.

All college graduates can read and write, but English majors communicate -- effectively and persuasively.

The department is located at 309 Stroud Hall; it can be reached by telephone at (570) 422-3398. Please feel free to call with any questions.

Contact Us

Dr. Leigh Smith, department chair, by email or at (570) 422-3385 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
Leigh Smith
(570) 422-3385