We'll let you in on a little secret.
Majoring in English isn't really the study of language. It's more the study of how people through history have used it to deepen our collective understanding of ourselves and the world, and how the two interact.
Students who major in English develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that enable them to think creatively and independently. Through reading, writing, research, and discussion, English majors are equipped with the skills and abilities that employers value.
Students may combine their English major with a minor in another field or an internship to develop their intellectual interests as well as position themselves effectively for future employment. All English majors are required to submit a portfolio, which is designed to give students and English faculty a cumulative vision of the quality of the students' work over the course of their studies. Majors also have the opportunity to pursue in-depth research in close collaboration with a faculty member through the senior year capstone requirement.
Clubs & Organizations
Widener's English department works with groups on and off campus to create valuable internship opportunities for majors. The department also hosts a student- and faculty-run blog, Widener English, where students publish their work and share events and ideas.
Students can also participate in the English Club, present their work at regional and national conferences, and be invited to join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. The English department also publishes two student-run literary journals: Widener Ink, a print journal of student writing, and the Blue Route, a national online journal of undergraduate writing.