From a distance, the English majors’ popularity is undeniable.
But how do you celebrate the major benefits?
We spoke to students at four universities to find out how they celebrate the majors’ benefits, and how they’re using it to stay motivated.
Our own Sam Smith is a first-year English major at Sydney’s University of Technology, and he has a message for the students who take up the major: ‘Get to grips with the benefits.’
Sam says that the majors offer the students a variety of benefits: a sense of community, a sense that they have an important place in the world, a degree that is valued by peers, a connection with friends and family.’
You can go on a study abroad course, you can study overseas for a year, you’ll be working in a university lab and you’ll get a diploma and an academic reputation,’ he said.’
And then, you’ve got the financial benefits too.’
So what is the major?
The English major is the only major in the English language that can be taken at any one university, and it is awarded to anyone who achieves an A-level in the discipline.
It has a specific set of skills and competencies, which include writing, reading, speaking and maths.
The major can be applied to a range of subjects including: teaching, administration, journalism, law, law and English.
The English Major benefitsSam says English majors are often ‘a big hit’ with their students and their employers, who say it has made the difference between success and failure in the industry.’
The English majors, in particular, are one of the biggest success stories of the English-language education industry,’ said Matthew McGlashan, chief executive of The Learning Company, which runs the English program at the University of Sydney.’
They’re getting very, very good grades and they’re getting a great reputation, and that’s the biggest benefit that they’re providing to their students.’
Sam’s first English major was at The University of NSW.’
It was pretty challenging, but I remember getting a lot of advice from my professor, and I think she was right, she said English majors should always focus on what’s most important in life, and English majors have that.’
He is now working at the company as a digital and design manager.’
I think it’s great that the major is a good option, because you get to go out into the world and see the world,’ he says.’
When I think about going out into Australia, I’m not just looking at the beautiful places, I want to be around the world.’
So it’s good for that to be a part of your curriculum, and you can see the beautiful cities that you go to, the incredible people that live here, the great food, the amazing art, and everything that comes along with it.’
But is it the right choice?’
There’s a big difference between what they’re giving you and what you’re really getting from them,’ he told ABC News.’
English majors give you the opportunity to study for a very long time, so it’s hard to compare English majors to other subjects.’
But the English Major is a really important part of their curriculum.’
In his book ‘The English Minor’, John Coyle says it is important for students to study the ‘whole world’ to be able to see ‘the world of all the languages that are spoken, all the people that are living in each of these different parts of the world’.
But he also believes that English majors can make a significant difference.’
As a university, you need to have a strong focus on English, because that’s a language that people really relate to and that makes the difference in how they interact with other people,’ he writes.’
Because when you study for the English minor, you actually make those connections between languages that you’re not really exposed to, and those connections are really strong.’
And what are the major’s benefits?’
The major is an important part to many people’s studies because it’s an area where they feel comfortable learning English, where they can actually be exposed to language and get a sense, a grasp of the language, and they can understand the language better,’ he explains.’
At the same time, it’s a very, really, really challenging subject, so students are really going to be working hard.’
Students are looking for something that they can work on for a couple of years, they’re looking for a degree in the subject, they want to do a PhD in that subject, or they want an international career, and the major offers that, so they can study that subject over a couple years.’
Sam says the major also helps students understand ‘how the English is written, and is actually a language in its own right’.’
So, if you’re working in your local language, you’re also going to get a good understanding of that language, because the English has been written by English people