Welcome to the UTC English Department!

Why English?

So you're considering becoming an English major. Then you already know that being an English major is a mind-expanding experience giving you insight into the human condition as well as creative abilities and rhetorical savvy. But what you might not know is that English will also prepare you to take on that big, scary world after you graduate.

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Opportunities for Our Students

The department makes available to students a variety of activities and opportunities that may lead to professional careers: internships in professional and technical writing; participation in the publication of The Sequoya Review, UTC's literary and arts review; participation in the Meacham Writers' Workshop, held each semester; membership in The Sequoya Society, an English student club sponsoring guest speakers, a newsletter, and special outings; and possible membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Likewise, the Department of English is home to several publications, including Poetry Miscellany, The Tennessee Philological Bulletin, MidAmerica, Midwestern Miscellany, and The Tennessee English Journal. Our students often participate in the production of these publications. Likewise, our students mingle with 35 to 40 famous writers at the biennial Conference on Southern Literature. These are tremendous opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Please visit our alumni profiles page to see what some of our previous graduates have achieved.

Opportunities for English Majors after Graduation

Because a bachelor's degree in English provides extensive communication and analytic skills, students are prepared to enter careers in marketing, technical communications, sales, public relations, publishing, advertising, teaching, and even business positions where such skills are increasingly given premium value. Some recent graduates of our undergraduate program have been involved in writing insurance manuals, working with a grant writing agency, directing a college registration office, teaching, directing a summer high school honors program, and doing free-lance writing. Others have gone on to law school or graduate programs in literature, professional writing, or MFA work in some of the most outstanding programs around the country.