Majors and Minors


As an English major at Cleveland State, you will benefit from small classes taught by outstanding faculty, many of whom may become your mentors as you work through the program. The program may be completed on a part time basis—days, evenings, and weekends.

Student organizations include: Whisky Island (creative writing magazine), The Cauldron, and the Vindicator (newspapers). Additionally, the Poetry Center holds workshops as well as readings by students, Cleveland area writers, and distinguished visiting writers.

Marketable Skills
The skills you will develop as an English major will serve you well in the twenty-first century workplace in which versatile and transferable skills are highly desirable. A survey of employers indicates that they seek employees who have strong skills in communication, writing, research, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. As an English major you will develop abilities in all of these areas. Additionally, an undergraduate degree in English serves as an excellent foundation for a professional degree in many fields, including communications, law, medicine, and business administration.


What is the practical value of majoring in English? Your options are many, and below are listed just some of the job titles you might explore: account executive, administrator, attorney, author, bank officer , book critic, business manager, circulation assistant, college professor, columnist, communications manager, copywriter, creative writer, curator, desktop publisher, editor, education and training specialist, foreign correspondent, fundraiser, greeting card writer, human resource specialist, indexer, insurance agent, interpreter and translator, journalist, lobbyist, manager, marketing and public relations specialist, proofreader, teacher (all levels), publisher, speech writer, stockbroker, technical writer, web designer/developer, and many others.

Many famous people were English majors; take a look at the following list:

Mario Cuomo, former Governor of New York
Kathryn Fuller, CEO, World Wildlife Fund
Richard Lillie, Cleveland State University English Alumnus, Head of Litigation, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
Toni Morrison, novelist
Paul Newman, actor, food entrepreneur
Sally Ride, astronaut
Diane Sawyer, broadcast journalist
Marty Shottenheimer, NFL coach
Carol Story, Cleveland State English Alumna, Producer, CBS News, (NY)
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice
Barbara Walters, broadcast journalist

A degree in English can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career — the only limits are your imagination.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the English major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog.)

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
English Department
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1815
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.3754

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