Acquire a set of skills in wide demand in the workplace. Did you know that Kate Beckinsale, Matt Damon, Conan O'Brien, Barbara Walters, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Eisner all have something in common? These successful people attribute their achievements to the training they received as majors in the English, Writing, and Modern Language Departments of their various universities. Graduates of Concordia’s English major find satisfying careers in such diverse fields as business, education, law, entertainment, publishing, politics, foreign service, and nonprofit work.
Benefiting from small, discussion-driven classes, English Majors learn how to build empathy for others by gaining a deeper understanding of different cultures and human motivations. Students in this department know how to analyze complex texts, communicate clearly and persuasively, and accurately research information to advance an argument. The face of the workplace is constantly changing, but the demand for the skills that English majors possess remains constant.
The English major attracts students who are curious, creative and interested in language - that unique human attribute that allows us to read with insight, think with clarity, and write and speak with purpose. As an English major you will experience a curriculum that is rich and diverse, including a special topics course designed and taught by faculty each year.
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Whether copywriters or social workers, teachers or entrepreneurs, alums are applying their studies at Concordia to every corner of the world.
Kristina Deusch ’14
Editorial Assistant at Cambridge University Press
MS candidate in Publishing, NYU
Kristina Deusch began her journey at Concordia as a Liberal Studies major. As she explored the worlds of history, music, theology and literature, she realized that her true calling was literature.
Carrie Gendle ’15
Poetry of Compassion
Carrie, a recent graduate of CUI, took a job in 2014 working at an elder care facility for Alzheimer’s patients. The unexpectedly personal nature of the work inspired a book of poetry chronicling her deeply felt experiences.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “what sets two equally qualified job candidates apart can be as simple as who has the better communication skills.” English majors learn how to write, analyze material and communicate effectively. When not in the classroom, our University, and the Department of English, Writing and Modern Languages, afford you the chance to practice these skills outside the classroom.
As an English major, you can combine your degree with a related minor, double major, or a pre-professional program; or transition directly into our MAEd program. Our English students can also choose to earn their CA credential while they earn their undergraduate degree.
Concordia University offers many opportunities for you to become involved with on-campus events, clubs, and organizations. In addition, our English students have the opportunity to contribute to our student newspaper, yearbook, and Concordia’s Literary and Art Journal.
What can English majors do? The first things that come to mind are teaching, graduate school and writing, but because English majors have learned how to write, analyze material and communicate effectively they work in many different fields. Below are just some of many well-known English majors.
Students who major in Humanities or English master the art of communication and language. In what has been dubbed by many as the communication age, such mastery opens doors in a broad range of careers - everything from education to business and from law to writing. Some of the most common careers include the following:
Our experienced English faculty care deeply about the students they teach and the subjects they study. They will spark your enthusiasm for learning and encourage you to develop your God-given gifts. Professors in the English, Writing, and Modern Language department are active participants in your learning and integrate a Christian Worldview into their curriculum.
Dr. John Norton
Professor Norton has had the opportunity to pursue his passions and academic pursuits on a journey that led him to Concordia University Irvine. Although primarily a Shakespearean, Norton’s academic interests are wide, and he enjoys uncovering and analyzing life in Shakespeare and other literature in his classes and in his writing. Norton is also one of the leaders and developers of the Around-the-World Semester.
Prof Kristen Schmidt
Professor Schmidt has over 20 years experience teaching college writing, Romantic and Victorian Literature, and Modern Drama. In addition to teaching, Professor Schmidt serves as lead faculty for Freshman Writing and advisor for the literary magazine, The Aerie. She is also the Director for Concordia's Writing Studio. Professional memberships include the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
Dr. Camelia Raghinaru
Dr. Raghinaru completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida and teaches literature in the Core Curriculum at Concordia University, Irvine. Her research interests include 20th-century British literature; modernism and imperialism; Judaic studies and utopian studies; and critical theory. Her publications include articles on James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, and D. H. Lawrence.
One of our greatest assets at Concordia University Irvine is our dedicated faculty. In a small learning environment, our professors care about you—not just your performance—and they cultivate lifelong mentoring relationships with the students they teach.
For more information about the English major at Concordia University Irvine, we invite you to contact us directly.
Dr. John Norton Department Chair, English, Writing, and Modern Languages Professor of English Lead Faculty Around-the-World Semester [email protected] (949) 214-3317
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