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Why English at SCU?

A most versatile major, English provides its majors with the skills needed to succeed in many fields: business, law, medicine, education, screenwriting, government, copywriting, journalism, editing, public relations, technical writing, and more.  

Read below what some Santa Clara English majors have to say about the benefits of classes within the Department.

Michael F. Carr, Class of 1996
Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
The SCU English Department fosters creative thinking, effective writing, and analytical skills, all of which served me well as a product manager at a technology company and are essential in my current legal career. Read the full profile »
Mithya Srinivasan, Class of 2010
Marketing Associate at Wildfire Interactive, Inc.
A degree in English at Santa Clara provided me with the ability to read, analyze, and write effectively. Synthesizing information and expressing it well and to the appropriate audience has been a valuable asset in the professional world. Read the full profile »
Brendan W. Donckers, Class of 2002
Attorney and Member of the Bar of the US Supreme Court
Studying English at SCU isn't just about learning how to write well. It's understanding how to communicate effectively and how to make your opinion relevant. Read the full profile »
Tanya Schmidt, Class of 2012
President of Sigma Tau Delta at Santa Clara University
The English Department offers a variety of courses taught by engaging professors. Through events such as Pizza with the Profs, I have enjoyed getting to know English professors outside of the classroom. Read the full profile »
Michael Rhoads, Class of 2006
Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary, Office of the Governor
I didn't plan on being an English major when I started at SCU. I was drawn to the program, however, after a few engaging classes with challenging (and persuasive) professors. Read the full profile »
David R. Bauer, Class of 1992
Founding Partner at Hemispheres: Research for Humans
Thanks to my English Degree from Santa Clara, I was much better prepared to write effective emails, insightful presentations, short fiction, and witty Facebook posts. Read the full profile »
Marty Blaker, Class of 1986
Writer at Microsoft
A degree in English launched my incredible professional journey. Studying English developed and honed my writing skills. It taught me to think analytically. It helped me develop confidence to pursue creativity in fields otherwise devoid of it. Read the full profile »
Monique M. DeJong, Class of 2006
Corporate Communications Specialist at Sanmina-SCI
I am incredibly thankful for having majored in English. SCU's English Department helped equip me with strong writing, editing, and analytical skills that I may not have otherwise, had I chosen a different major. Read the full profile »
Hilary Titus, Class of 2011
Patient Navigator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers
I was first drawn to English by the conversations. I reveled in the ability to peer into different times, cultures, and minds. I could analyze the world of the literature and enter the conversation with my peers. My career as an English major developed, and I became fascinated with the art of writing itself. Read the full profile »
Shannon M. Nessier, Class of 1999
Litigation Associate at Hanson Bridgett LLP
When you study under some of the most skilled teachers around, who do not minimize the value of the texts, who don't get lost in the rhetoric of esoteric pedagogy but instead commit to being real teachers, making the most of those years studying English at SCU is easy. Read the full profile »
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