Why Major in English?

Christian Perkins

I initially declared aerospace engineering as my major, but my first-year writing course inspired me to switch to English. As an English major, I’ve been impressed with the diversity of coursework, the involvement of the faculty, and the professional opportunities open to me. I’ve taken everything from Medieval to Afro-Caribbean Literature, to even Horror Fiction. The diverse course load combined with the small class sizes have helped me develop relationships with faculty that other majors cannot offer.

I have also been surprised at how my major has led me to engagements throughout and even beyond campus. Through UA English, I’ve become involved in the field of Communicative Disorders, become a paid tutor at the UA Writing Center, and spent a month studying abroad in Oxford, England. I’ve had the opportunity to lead class discussions, use teaching skills learned in the classroom while tutoring, and even give lectures to various communications courses. My plan after school is to join the Peace Corps, where I will teach overseas for two years. After serving, I hope pursue a graduate degree in Speech Pathology.

a young man

Christian Perkins

English Major, Mathematics and Communicative Disorders Minors