Our undergraduate English majors often choose to take their learning outside the walls of the classroom and into the field. Through a unique program called Cooperative Education, we prepare our students to test their skills, interests and the knowledge they have gained in the classroom, in real work settings related to the major. Our employing partners include publishing houses, law firms, public schools, communications firms, software organizations, government agencies and corporations and non- profits of all sizes. In any give semester, approximately 30 English student work in settings as close as Boston (where they continue to live in dorms) and as far away as China.
Students who choose to participate in a co-op semester take a one-credit course before they begin. The classwork explores the skills, tools and mindful-learning framework and is designed to support a student’s learning and success in whatever field he/she may choose. While on co-op, the English majors are gathered online as a virtual class and participate in a series of reflection discussions. Through evaluations and reflections, it is clear that English majors consistently experience a tremendous amount of personal growth, gain an array of valuable hard and soft skills, make strong connections to the curriculum and how it is applied in a real-world setting, and have deeper sense of where the major will take them, especially upon graduation.