Language and Literature

Discussion-based classes and challenging professors create an unparalleled learning environment where you will analyze evidence to develop your critical thinking skills. Learn to evaluate historical texts in context of today’s culture, and communicate your interpretations clearly and effectively.

Student perusing shelves of books

Estab­lished in 1924, the inter­na­tion­al Eng­lish hon­ors soci­ety, con­fers dis­tinc­tion for high achieve­ment in Eng­lish, lan­guage, lit­er­a­ture and writing.

Sigma Tau Delta

OC attends the annual Sigma Tau Delta international convention. It’s a gathering of undergraduate English scholars presenting research and creative writing to peer panels. OC students make presentations and rub elbows with renowned authors and notable scholars at lectures and Q&A sessions. Some works are even honored to be selected to be published in annual the Sigma Tau Delta Review.

At OC, the Sigma Tau Delta Rho Mu chapter pursues scholarly work and has a good time. Some club favorites are the back-to-school pizza party, literary themed Halloween gatherings and the Christmas book exchange.

Sigma Tau Delta

Learn about your schol­ar­ship opportunities!

Language & Literature Scholarships

Eagle Spotlight

Each year, my writing developed on grammatical and analytical levels. Presenting at the Sigma Tau Delta international conference was validating. My classmates and I could see that we were able to compete on a level with students worldwide.

Madisen Ransford / 2nd place Critical Essays: British and World Literature
Madisen Ransford

Sound­ings, a Lit­er­ary Journal

Original poetry, prose, photography and visual art from all corners of campus fill the pages of Soundings, a literary and visual arts journal celebrating creative excellence. Students volunteer their gifts and abilities to edit, design and publish the annual journal. The committee leads fundraising events, encourages submissions and promotes the publication.

Soundings 2019 Literary Journal

Eagle Spotlight

I’m so grateful to the faculty for insisting on intellectual rigor, caring for our well-being and displaying a desire to help us students succeed. The environment was conducive to both scholarship and community. Sigma Tau Delta conferences and capstone projects really prepared me for presenting in academic contexts.

Ian Jayne
Ian Jayne

Career Paths

Some students choose law or graduate school after graduation, while others jump right into their careers. Wherever you want to go, OC will help you get there!

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Proofreader
  • Publicist
  • Print Copywriter
  • Account Manager
  • Content Creator
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Social Media
  • Marketing
  • Event Planning
Students reading at a table

Choose from elec­tives like Nov­els of Jane Austen, Mod­ern Dra­ma or Stud­ies in Chaucer and take cours­es span­ning across Amer­i­can, British and World literature.

Degree Plans

What does your future as an English grad look like?

Editor

Median Salary: $69,480

Technical Writer

Median Salary: $75,500

Proofreaders and Copywriter

Median Salary: $41,950

*Bureau of Labor Statistics