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English Department

With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about, get involved with, and explore career choices in their areas of interest. We are proud to foster a supportive learning and teaching community inclusive of both students and faculty. Click here to read more about our English department.

Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors of 2017-2018!

We are so proud of our graduating students — who will soon be off to do amazing things! Click here to read more about some of our graduating students and their experiences while being a major in English.

Spring Commencement, Graduation, Albertsons Stadium, John Kelly photo.

Spring Commencement, Graduation, Albertsons Stadium, John Kelly photo.

What Can You Do with a Major in English?

Check out the above video by Boise State English alumni Stacy Ennis for information about why an English major has been such an important part of Stacy’s career. You can also click here to read more stories from our graduates.

Stacy Ennis Video Transcript

Hi, students. My name is Stacey Ennis. I want to talk to you little bit about what you can do with an English major. My English major has allowed me to do so many exciting things that I never would have been able to do without it. I moved overseas to a couple of different countries, Dominican Republic and Vietnam to teach English, and then I came back and got my graduate degree, also in English. My graduate degree is in writing and editing and from there I really set myself up to be able to do anything I wanted.

The thing about our world today is that technology has enabled machines to do a lot of stuff, but the one thing machines can’t do is create really compelling content. So, if you have the ability to be able to read something or listen and understand something in written content and translate that into something that’s really compelling whether it’s, you know, copy for marketing or into a book, that’s such an important skill that very few people have. An English major is exactly what you need to equip you to be able to do that.

So, right now I am self-employed. I started my business about 8 years ago and I’m really fortunate because I get to work with people all over the country and world and I get to help them write their books as a ghost writer. Then I also do consulting, so I work with teams and I work with individuals to help them clarify their message and really understand what they’re all about so that they can communicate well with the rest of the world. Basically, I get paid to do what I dreamed about when I was a little girl and it’s so exciting to me that I get to wake up every single day and come to my own office and I get to work with these amazing people.

I am just really grateful that I followed my intuition and that I got an English major versus, you know, switching to other majors, because I actually did switch. I started out as an English major. I think was communication and then I went to graphic design and then I came back to English. I ended up getting a minor in visual art so I still could use some of my artistic skills in my education and also in my career.

So, basically English majors are awesome and way underrated and don’t think that it doesn’t equip you to do something amazing, because for me it has really been foundational to being able to accomplish the life that I have now. I have got all these exciting things in the future that I’m also really, really looking forward to and an English major has been a big part of that. So, thanks for listening and choose an English major!


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