The English major explores the way people communicate and how they reflect on their existence. It gives sustained training in critical thinking and writing, creative self-expression, and the perceptive reading of literature. Working from a foundation in theory and criticism of literature, students select courses from a variety of offerings in writing and literature. Because English majors get extensive experience in analyzing, solving problems, researching, organizing, studying human behavior, and above all writing and speaking with clarity and self-confidence, they have the background for a wide variety of careers. These include law, business management, journalism, public relations, teaching, public administration, and many areas of writing.