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Zoe Slattery, '15

English Education

"I felt most impacted by my professors at UWL, both in the English and Education departments. Their passion for their field and caring for their students allowed me to think critically and act globally, which led to two years of teaching in West Africa with the Peace Corps."

Laura Berry, '17

Professional & Technical Writing minor

"Out of the 45 students in UW-La Crosse's Physical Therapy Program, I am the only student with a Professional & Technical Writing minor. My professional writing background not only helped me stand out during the application process, but has also proved valuable during my first year of grad school."

Whitney Malin, '17

Writing and Rhetoric major

"I was hired in my current role to manage advertising department projects, but I also offered to write content for our website, social media platforms, and promotional events. My degree from UWL prepared me for these writing opportunities, and I’m excited to continue growing as a writer throughout my career!"

Sam Hackworth, '14

Literature major

"The breadth of courses allowed me to create a strong base for understanding critical theory in fields outside of literature. My success was also fostered by the hard work of the English department's professors, who encouraged me to examine how literary theory intersects with other academic and professional fields."

Victoria Lor, '15

Writing & Rhetoric major

"A major in English prepared me with the skills to succeed professionally by keeping me conscious of the things I write about. It has also helped me to build a solid foundation on how to write with concision and consistency."

Spencer Hoostal, '13

Literature and Biology double major

"As a future physician, a background in literature has made me appreciate the unique story and background that each patient has. It has enhanced my communication skills and ability to be present and truly listen to patients."

Miranda Martin, '18

Creative Writing minor

"My creative writing minor has helped me immensely in my job search after college. I can feel confident submitting my writing and editing it on my own. Even if you are not going into the writing profession, having a background in writing is something many employers are looking for. Communicating through writing is important in every career!"

Brittany Maule, '15

Professional and Technical Writing minor

"My minor has been an amazing asset as someone working in a scientific field. Essentially, it has set me apart as someone who not only has the knowledge to understand the tough concepts, but also the ability to communicate why my organization’s scientific work matters."

Haley McCullough, '16

Writing and Rhetoric major

"I always knew I wanted to write, but UWL and the phenomenal professors there pushed me to think beyond teaching or being a journalist or writing a novel. The classes I took and the experiences I had allowed me to see a future with an English degree, and that was something that I am very thankful for."

Lan Xiao, '11

Writing and Rhetoric major & Professional and Technical Writing minor

"I think the best thing about the 2+2 Program is that it gave me the opportunity to see the world and to make friends with those who have a different background, all while finding new possibilities for myself."

Mikaela Kornowski, '15

Professional and Technical Writing minor

"Employers have told me that my impressive writing background is what set me apart from other candidates seeking the same position. I can update company websites, produce promotional videos, lead social media efforts, and create email campaigns and other marketing materials."

Mikayla Peters, '17

Literature major

"I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Denver in English. Using tricks and tips I learned through my undergraduate thesis, I aid neuro-diverse students in their own research and writing endeavors and coordinate a team of 8 other tutors."

Philippe Meister, '14

Writing & Rhetoric major

"The courses taught me about the history, theory, and practice of language use in social life. The faculty supported me in conducting an undergraduate research project through which I explored my interests and learned about conducting research."

Sarah Mueller, '17

Literature and Biology double major

"As I continued to advance in both the humanities and in science, I found myself making deeper connections within and between these fields of study. I see many parallels between literature and organic chemistry. These seemingly unrelated fields share a significant connection in that they both require one to observe patterns."

Shelby Schroeder , '16

Professional and Technical Writing minor

"If I could pinpoint one thing that led me to success outside of UWL, it was that the minor requires you to do an internship.  I didn't know I would enjoy coordinating events until I took a writing internship and stumbled accidentally into event coordinating."

Yu Cai, '16

Writing and Rhetoric major, Literature minor

"2+2 helped me find the equilibrium within myself. It unleashed creativity in me and helped me see a path to satisfaction and happiness."

Qixi Huang, '12

Writing and Rhetoric major, Professional and Technical Writing minor

"I have always felt that going through the 2+2 program was truly a turning point in my life. It didn’t simply bring me an opportunity to deepen my pursuits, but it also shaped the way I think. In this process I started to consider and plan for my future."

Marketable skills

Knowledge of real-world situations

Students have many opportunities for applied learning such as internships, course-embedded client service projects with community organizations, and course-embedded research projects.

In-demand writing skills

More than 75% of business executives and hiring managers surveyed in a 2018 study say that writing skills are extremely important for job applicants. The English Department is a writing-in-the-major program, which means that students will learn and develop valuable writing skills throughout their major.


Independent and collaborative experience

English students learn to prioritize and manage their time, as well as work effectively in teams by building interpersonal skills and the confidence to express ideas. More than 75% of business executives and hiring managers surveyed in a 2018 study value these skills.

Critical and creative thinking

English students develop analytical reasoning skills, the ability to see problems from diverse perspectives, and learn to be proactive in developing innovative, ethical solutions.



completed by English majors and minors in 2018-19



more than $5,000 to qualified students
every year

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discussing the relevance of English to their careers