The Department of English and Comparative Literature has added seven new major concentrations to the English major. The changes will be effective this fall.
The seven new concentrations: comparative and world literatures, creative writing, British and American literature, film studies, social justice and literature, writing, editing and digital publishing and science, medicine and literature will allow students to pick up an English major that matches their specific academic interests.
"Effective reading and writing skills are, of course, essential in any field, and English majors are very effective readers and writers,” said Jennifer Larson, an English teaching associate professor and assistant director of undergraduate studies. “We found that both employers and graduate or professional schools really recognize this and appreciate it, so we believe that English pairs really perfectly with any other major because it bolsters students’ success in those areas and therefore at UNC and beyond."
According to Larson, the Double Up initiative, which encourages students to earn an English degree to complement their other major, was started after the department began noticing the wide range of disciplines among double-majoring students.
"As we were talking to students we realized how much they valued their double majors, how many double majors we had, and we realized that we had double majors in very diverse fields."