A community of writers, thinkers and do-ers.
English majors at Concordia do more than read and write. They immerse themselves in the history of ideas as seen in a wide variety of human expression – from short stories and novels to movies, memoirs, scientific journalism and more. In the process, they learn about themselves and the global village we live in. They learn that words and ideas matter. And they learn that people have the ability to transform the world.
Classes in this major encourage students to see the relationship between history and literature, philosophy and social justice, words and actions, the classroom and the world. Students conclude their studies with a senior thesis or practicum, emphasizing depth of intellectual understanding, creativity, and practical action. Through a focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and written communication skills, students are prepared for a variety of career options.
Strong, nurturing, one-on-one relationships with expert faculty encourage a professional approach to writing and literary analysis, as well as an individual exploration of personal and community identity. Typically English majors are employed by newspapers, magazines, broadcast media companies, trade and consumer publications, freelance writer/editor, internet sites (digital copywriter), social media manager, large corporations (corporate blogger, technical writer, grant and proposal writer), advertising agencies and marketing firms, law firms, government agencies (communications officer), public relations, non-profit communication departments, lobbyist organizations, boutique agencies, colleges and universities.
- English faculty members are published, professional writers sharing insights and techniques on the art and craft of writing and publishing that add to student understanding and experience.
- Students have access to numerous literary events and resources within Portland’s vibrant creative community helping students learn about the craft of writing while they make connections with other writers and activists.
“Because class sizes are small, the professors have the time to develop personal relationships with each student. The one-on-one attention and the emphasis placed on meeting the individual needs of students was a definite bonus to the program.”
– Cassandra Shaw ’11, English major and student body president
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.