Choose your own adventure.
Expect many paths to choose from and a wide array of courses in literature and writing: rich fare for mind, heart and soul.
We will help you outfit yourself with provisions and the skills you will need to:
- Sharpen your intellect for the literary trail, enabling you to comprehend, assess and appreciate life’s complexity
- Read maps and theory with acumen and imagination, maps that will guide you through the terrain
- Interpret and use the cultural codes and conventions of your time in history, and others
- Cross borders and learn from the diversity that you encounter
- Speak your truth while sharing your discoveries with fellow explorers, always loving language for its potential to express nuance and beauty
- Report on your journeying in pellucid prose or verse: clearly, coherently, artfully
- Synergize creatively with others in using what you have learned to transform the world
Choose the experiences you’ll take with you — joining the staff of our award-winning, nationally recognized campus newspaper or helping to create our eclectic student literary magazine. Applying for one of our Anderson Creative Writing Scholarships. Completing an internship in editing and publishing. Studying writing and literature in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean or Africa.
The results? Once you complete your Guilford journey as an English major, you’ll have prepared yourself for an equally wide set of life paths with your new expertise—especially in critical thinking, empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, communication—expertise that can serve as a universal key to the professions.
And those who know you will appreciate you for the thoughtfulness, creativity and richness of the inner life you’ll have cultivated, traits you will carry forward as a lifelong learner and change agent.
Sample paths those before you have chosen: lawyer, Yale professor, National Public Radio national correspondent, peace worker in Haiti, Random House production manager, documentary filmmaker, “Charlie Rose” show assistant producer, novelist, CNN staff, minister, speechwriter, U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, magazine editor, Bank of America diversity recruiter, librarian, community college instructor, canoe and kayak outfitter, Tarheel Monthly publisher, Shakespearean actor, brewmaster, London-based technical writer, recording studio production manager, Stanford digital information systems developer, BBC publicity coordinator, photojournalist, Screen Gems Studio producer, primary and secondary teachers, Congressional staff member, investigative reporter, Corcoran Gallery writing and research director, communication specialist, video game developer.
Graduate schools: University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; Harvard University; University of Colorado; City University/London; University of Southern California; Brown University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; City University of New York; University of Missouri, Columbia; State University of New York at Albany; Emerson College; University of Texas, Austin; North Carolina State University; University of Essex, England; University of Alaska; Brooklyn College, University of Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania State University; New York University.