The English degree involves the completion of three specific components—the General Education Core required of all VCSU graduates, a mix of required and elective courses in the major that prepare students in one of four specific concentrations (Professional Writing, Literary Studies, Technical Writing, or General English), and a minor of the student’s choosing. Students work closely with advisors to determine which concentration would best fit future plans, which electives might suit them best term by term, and which minor to pursue. In short, we've designed our program to specifically help students find the right mix of courses for both their present desires and future needs, all with the help of advisors who know the program inside out. Since English majors are sought after more for their ability to write well and to read and think critically and more broadly than majors with more narrowly defined skill sets, the English degree can be used for a variety of occupations involving writing, editing, and/or critical thinking, including journalism, publishing, legal work, advertising, marketing, management, technical writing, or any occupation involved with producing copy. English is also an excellent preparatory degree for graduate studies in law, literature or composition studies, and even medical school.