Major : EnglishCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

As an English major, your life is an open book.

We have courses that fit your interests like:

  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Our major offers experiences in:

  • drama
  • poetry
  • fiction
  • English language
  • periods and authors in British and American literature
  • world literature in English
  • women’s literature
  • minority literature
  • creative and expository writing
  • literary and rhetorical theory and criticism
  • film

Career Opportunities

The Department of English at Nebraska will encourage you to match your intellectual interests to a meaningful career path.

We offer an orientation course on “Career Planning for English Majors” as well as other worthwhile career-focused courses in editing,  publishing and digital humanities.

Let us take you “from words to worlds” with career planning that goes beyond individual course assignments to include internships and other occupational experiences making your undergraduate experience enjoyable and you employable.

Employment of recent Nebraska graduates includes:

  • book seller, Indigo Bridge Books
  • copy editor, University of Nebraska-Press
  • library staff, Lincoln City Libraries
  • mentor for highly gifted students, Lincoln Public Schools
  • technical writer, Teledyne Isco Inc.
  • commercial realtor, McComb Reality
  • target store manager, Washington D.C.
  • assistant clerk for Nebraska court, State of Nebraska

The NEBRASKA difference

You'll join one of the most eclectic and diverse English departments in the Big 10.

Select from any number of interdisciplinary areas like:

  • Medieval & Renaissance Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Digital Humanities

As well as more traditional, nationally-focused areas of research like:

  • American Literature
  • British Literature

Additionally, we help you connect learning in the classroom with research, study abroad, and internship experiences.

Involvement and publication opportunities include:

  • contribute publications to Laurus, an undergraduate literary magazine
  • intern for the Prairie Schooner, one of the nation’s leading literary quarterlies
  • serve on Laurus’ editorial board
  • conduct research with the Willa Cather Archive, digital texts and author
  • intern as a UCARE student for the Walt Whitman Archive, a multi-institutional scholarly editing project on the web

Nebraska is also home to the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities where you would have the opportunity to work with faculty to create research sites and tools that push your understanding of history, literatures, languages, and culture.

In addition to regular courses, you may wish to participate in a variety of internships or write a supervised Honors Thesis in your senior year. You may wish to join the Undergraduate English Organization (UEO) which presents programs and participates in the activities of the department. You may be invited to join Theta Omega, the local chapter of the national English honorary society, Sigma Tau Delta. Students can also participate in UCARE, the undergraduate research program which links undergraduates with faculty members.

Ted Kooser, an internationally-known poet and writer has served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.

The Bailey Library is a large room on the second floor of Andrews that students and faculty members use for meetings, lectures, and informal gatherings of many kinds.

Faculty in the English Department are involved in the Walt Whitman Archive and the Willa Cather Archive, digital projects jointly sponsored with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.