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The English major prepares students for a variety of careers, educational pathways, and experiences. Our majors study literature, composition, multimodal forms of argument, learn about how language is used, why it matters, and apply this to interrogate and interpret the world around them. In our ever-changing world, we prepare our students to synthesize and respond to different digital modes of writing and texts. Our students become web content creators, teachers, social media managers, and scholars. The skills they receive here prepare them for public service, news reporting, marketing, publishing, and technical writing. They go onto graduate programs in English and Education and attend Law school.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to analyze works of literature with an emphasis on British and American literature, highlighting the skills of reading comprehension, literary term identification, and knowledge of significant British and American literary movements and authors.
  • Students will be able to define and use terms important in English studies and identify key periods and authors in British and American literature.
  • Students will be able to incorporate research in well-organized argumentative essays that competently develop a research question and use relevant source material.


Additional Information:

Many of our recent graduates are pursuing graduate degrees in various fields including Education, English, and Film and Television. Others have entered the workforce.


Small class sizes in our upper-level courses allows for individual attention.


Plan of Study

Bachelor of Art in English

Communication Studies

  • Social Media Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Grant Writer
  • Librarian
  • Editor and Content Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • High School Teacher
  • Grant Administrator
  • Technical Writer
  • Author
  • Journalist
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Teacher Assistant


Salary Information

English - According to the US Department of Labor in 2016, the mean annual salary for English majors was 49,630.

Spanish Club

English Major Club (The Gilded Quill) 

Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society


  • Faculty and Student Research Presentations
  • Professional Guest Speakers
  • Creative Writing Readings

Every semester, the Department of English and Digital Media hosts an event called, Digital Media Showcase.  This event is for students within our programs demonstrating their multimedia projects. The Digital Media Showcase is open to all ECSU staff, faculty, and students as well as the community in Elizabeth City.

Additional Fees not Included in Tuition


Proctoring Fees


Internship Required? Yes or No, if so what semester and are there any fees associated


Laboratory fees associated with the course(s)? Yes or No



Are Online Subscription's required for course(s)? Yes or No



Membership fees associated with academic program? Yes or No





Department Chair

Adam McKee, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, English
133 Johnson Hall
Campus Box 958
Phone: (252) 335-2306
Fax: (252) 335-3713