English and Modern Languages

The Department of English and Modern Languages seeks to develop your literary comprehension, creative thinking, writing and communicative abilities through diverse intellectual and cultural traditions.

Our department is committed to fostering a should liberal arts academic experience and preparing graduates to meet the educational, professional and cultural needs of the region and beyond.

Language majors and minors will be well equipped to deal with professional demands of many jobs, as they have been trained to communicate effectively and trained to think analytically and interact with many people. View Steve Strauss' article on "Why I Hire English Majors."

Career Opportunities for English and Modern Language Degrees

Because English and Modern Language majors develop numerous transferable career skills, you can pursue a surprising variety of occupations.
  • Magazine Publishing
  • Library
  • Publishing
  • Newspaper Publishing
  • Advertising 
  • Intelligence Research
  • Teaching
  • Public Service
  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Business, Multinational Corporations
  • Government, Military Service
  • Airline Industry
  • Retail Management
  • Communications
  • Disneyland/Disneyworld
  • Travel Agencies
  • Medicine
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospitality Industry 

Why study English and Modern Languages?

CNN Money reports that "The verbal and written communication skills that English majors possess remain in top demand at nearly every company in America."

"Businesses tell us they like to hire English majors because they feel that they can think. They've got the writing and analytical skills they need. The rest they can be trained to learn," writes Ernest Suarez, a professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington and chairman of the English department.

Now more than ever before, knowledge of a second language can prove invaluable to the student and graduate. Mastery of a second language is useful in almost any career and may provide a career in itself. In addition, such knowledge aids understanding of and participation in world events because it accompanies an immersion in the cultural and historical background of that nation's people.

Casey Ford

In addition to honing my passion for and skill in poetry craft, Lamar University’s English faculty essentially freed me from the burden of “deciding what I want to be.” I was assured that I could find success by virtue of being adaptable. For twenty years – while I flip-flopped between music and English majors or between universities – I worked in administrative jobs, taught myself to use digital technology as it developed, and built professional skills compatible with my writing ability, so that now, my versatile M.A. in English has landed me jobs as a journalistic writer, a teacher, a freelancer, a web content designer and currently, as the thesis and dissertation editor in Lamar University’s College of Graduate Studies. I will never be a renowned musician, but I have had and continue to have opportunities to do most of the things I’ve ever wanted to do as a professional person who can write well. Great writing – effective communication – opens doors. I found and continue to find doors opening to me at LU and in this community because of my language and literature studies here.

– Casey Ford