English is among the most versatile of majors. English majors at Penn State Behrend learn to reason critically, write cogently, construct and deconstruct ideas and arguments, and verbalize opinions and judgments. Graduates work in numerous career fields such as law, publishing, public service, technical writing, and education.
Two program options are available to English majors at Penn State Behrend. The Literature, Film, and Culture option explores the role of narrative within different cultural and historical contexts, and emphasizes literary theory, film, philosophy, and gender studies. This option culminates in the writing of a senior thesis and an extensive research project involving close interaction with a mentoring professor. The Professional Writing option emphasizes the editorial process and the role of writing in the workplace. This track features courses in editing, writing for the Web, and business and technical writing. The option culminates in an off-campus professional internship, granting students invaluable writing experience within a chosen career field.