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This Day in Literature—November 14

Find out what happened on this day in literature, read by Dr. George Griffith, retired English professor (MP3 download).

Chadron offers a wonderful setting for the study of English literature and the humanities, with abundant beauty, natural resources, and open spaces to help open our minds. Many of our English major course offerings, such as Great Plains Literature, Literature Across Borders, and Environmental Literature have been developed with an eye towards the natural spaces of the High Plains where we live, teach, and learn. Our unique partnership with the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center offers further opportunities to read and write within a regional and environmental context. In other words, English majors at CSC benefit from an unfettered exposure to the great outdoors; here, you can literally get outside yourself.

But even beyond our natural setting, we believe a course of study focusing upon great authors, great minds, and great writing allows you to get outside of yourself. Hence, our English, Humanities, and Philosophy courses in areas such as feminist and multicultural literature, Chinese philosophy, film studies, philosophy of love and desire, creative writing, rhetoric, and writing instruction all offer many opportunities for our students to move outside of their comfort zones and to explore new worlds of understanding.

Our department provides small class settings with close interaction between the scholars/teachers in our program and our students. We emphasize innovative instruction and impressive scholarship (our faculty members consistently publish and keep current in their fields of expertise), and we are dedicated to a high level of academic achievement in our students.

Beyond the walls of the classroom, Sigma Tau Delta (our English honorary) hosts a variety of reading, writing and performance events throughout the year that energize the region and consistently draw a large and varied mix of voices and talents. The professors in the program, the students you will encounter here, the events and activities you will be able to join, and the great setting you can take inspiration from—all combine naturally to help you get outside yourself.

Get Outside Yourself


Careers for English Majors:

Did you know that three-quarters of American employers recommend that college students pursue a liberal education--the type of education provided by an English major? Did you know that the ten year average salary for an English major is $71,167?

What can I do with a degree in English?

A degree in English will prepare you to work in careers that demand good professional or creative writing skills, or to teach middle or secondary school, or to pursue graduate degrees. Our English program also emphasizes building competence in critical thinking and writing skills that are essential for successful careers in law, business, and public service.

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Publishing - editorial, publicity, marketing
  • Advanced degrees - Law school, seminary, English professor
  • Journalist
  • Sales, advertising
  • Government work

Click here to see why Daily Finance thinks English is one of the top five majors for career preparation.

Click here to read another great article about the benefits of studying literature and writing.

Some Notable English Majors:

  • Singer Sting was an English major at Northern Counties College of Education
  • Mitt Romney, CEO of Bain Capital, was an English major at Brigham Young University
  • Grant Tinker, former CEO of NBC and television producer, studied English at Dartmouth College on the G.I. bill after WWII
  • Former Avon CEO Andrea Jung was an English literature major at Princeton University
  • Television host Conan O'Brien was a double history and English major at Harvard University  
  • Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus was an English major at Amherst College
  • Legendary journalist Bob Woodward received his bachelor's degree in history and English from Yale University
  • Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York, was an English major at St. John's University
  • Barbara Walters was an English Major at Sarah Lawrence College
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was an English major at Holy Cross College
  • Award-winning film director Steven Spielberg was an English major at California State University, Long Beach
  • Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, former president of Yale University and seventh Commissioner of Major League Baseball, received his English degree from Yale
  • Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson was an English major at Dartmouth College

English and Humanities 2016-2017 Student Handbook

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Dr. Brad Wilburn
Professor & Department Chair
English & Humanities

Old Administration 202
1000 Main Street
Chadron State College
Chadron, NE 69337