English brings literature, culture, creativity and communication together
The skills our students develop — writing, editing, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis — are essential and in demand by employers in nearly every profession. Graduates have translated their versatile English degrees into successful careers in business, education, law, medicine, library science, advertising and journalism. They also excel in the nonprofit sector and the Northwest’s vibrant e-commerce and technology economy.
Graduates have been successful in a variety of roles, including:
- Operations manager
- Communications director
- Game designer
- Sales engineer
- Business owner
- Television and film producer
- Marketing specialist
Explore language further
Research in the Department of English takes many different forms, from text-based and field research to technology-based digital humanities work to pedagogical research to artistic expression. In addition to a broad range of specializations particular to English as a discipline, we have strengths in interdisciplinary areas of scholarship including textual and digital studies; feminism and gender studies; critical race studies; queer studies; genre and popular culture studies; sociolinguistics and critical applied linguistics; writing studies; translingual and transnational literacy studies; and environmental humanities. The department is home to many research groups, including:
- Reading and Writing Affect
- Comic Studies
- Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group
- Teaching with Technology
- The Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Works-in-Progress Group
Find Yourself in English
Experience the power of literature, language, and culture through the study of English.
Department of English Stories
Professor Michelle Liu shares literary works with employees at Microsoft and other companies to explore complex workplace issues.
Nancy Jooyoun Kim (MFA, Creative Writing, 2006) talks about her novel, The Last Story of Mina Lee.