English Fundamentals

English focuses on the human condition through careful study of language and literature.

Professional Preparation

A degree in English serves well as a preprofessional degree for students interested in law, public administration and business.

Interdisciplinary Studies 

The Department of English, in cooperation with other departments, offers interdisciplinary certificates in:

  • Linguistic Studies
  • Professional Communication
  • Teaching English as a Second Language

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive 


Akron Advantage

Real-world Experience

On-campus outlets for student writing and expression include:

  • Rubbertop Review, a literary magazine
  • The Literary Guild
  • The Buchtelite (student newspaper)



Sample Curriculum


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For More Information:

Department of English

Contact: Dr. Mary Biddinger

Career Opportunities

Degrees and Preparation

A degree in English paves the way to careers in a variety of fields, such as:

  • technical writing
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • insurance
  • marketing and sales
  • financial services
  • management
  • nonprofit services
  • government services

Career Outlook

Skills in reading and writing critically, analytically and creatively are always in demand, especially in the ever-changing workforce of today.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.