Career Ready

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How does the FSU English Major prepare you for a job?

In Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success (2015), Hart Research Associates reported on the results of a survey designed to learn “which learning outcomes employers believe are most important to be able to succeed in today’s economy.” The survey of 400 employers found a high percentage identified the following abilities to be essential:

• The ability to effectively communicate orally (85%)

• The ability to effectively communicate in writing (82%)

• The ability to work effectively with others in teams (83%)

• Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills (81%)

• The ability to analyze and solve complex problems (70%)

• The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources (68%)

These are exactly the skills you will be learning as an English major, making you well-prepared for a wide-range of fulfilling careers.

Student Groups

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to get involved, make new friends and develop professional and leadership skills. Here are some of the groups of particular interest to English majors:

The English Club sponsors field trips as well as campus-wide events such as “Spooky Reading” Night around Halloween. The group also helps bring writers to campus for lectures and readings.

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. FSU has a chapter on campus.

The Creative Writing Club provides students with the opportunity to read and critique each other’s poetry and prose.

The Onyx, FSU’s student-run literary magazine, publishes students’ poetry, short stories, art, and photography. The magazine also sponsors “Open Mic” nights at which students can read their work or perform.

The Gatepost, FSU’s weekly independent student newspaper, has been the campus community’s resource for news and information since 1932. The Gatepost provides students with the opportunity to write news, opinion, and feature articles, take photographs, and learn newspaper design. The Gatepost has won 14 Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists since 2008, including two national finalist awards and a national first-place award for editorial writing in 2013.

The Journal of Critical Thinking, a student-run journal, publishes academic essays by FSU students, faculty, and alumni.

Our Faculty

Patricia Kelley

Patricia Kelley, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer, English Department
Kristen Abbott Bennett

Dr. Kristen Abbott Bennett

Assistant Professor, English Department
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Elizabeth Banks

Visiting Lecturer, English Department
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Eamon Cunningham

Visiting Lecturer, English Department

Contact Us

Dr. Lisa Eck

English Department Chair

Please do not hesitate to call me at 508-626-4848 if I can answer questions you might have or be of help in any way. You can also email me at leck [at] If you would like to visit Framingham State, I would be delighted to arrange for you to sit in on a class or attend a club meeting.

Mailing Address

Department of English
Framingham State University
100 State Street
PO Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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