I majored in English, BA, MA, PhD (fairly recently for that last one).
I would be happen to try to answer any questions you might have.
I chose it after first studying STEM because, while the subject matter was interesting, the work (or prospect of a professional life as such) was so unappealing to me that I was willing to risk the benefits of STEM to study English and pursue my love of words.
There was and is a stigma about English degrees, but of the humanities degrees, it is one of the most useful and versatile. Yes, law schools loves them, but it seems like every time I see a new doctor at urgent care, their BA was in English. CEOs study English. It can teach you to think, read, and write very well. If you have another area that you’re talented in, or are entrepreneurial and a self starter, most anything can match well with an English degree.
The politics of English departments vary from moderate left to radical left, but there are conservatives here and there. It’s navigable. Plenty of the people are reasonable and are teaching literature because they love literature. Most of them appreciate the western canon, to some extent or another.
English is a weird degree because it gives out what you put in more than most other degrees. You can take easy courses and work it to just get by. But if you really get to know the major, work on projects with future goals in mind, and actually work hard, you can have a rewarding (intellectually and/or financially) career.
If you really want to get the most out of your time studying English, talk to faculty. Go for office hours to extend the conversation, but also to start conversations. Show them you are interested, and they reciprocate. If you want to keep studying English beyond a BA, this is the best way to do it. But even if you just want to learn more, they are a great (often untapped) resource who have a lot to share on their own and who can point you in a variety of directions and towards a variety of texts.
Remember that you are responsible for your education. It is up to you to learn. Don’t just do what is required; go to the library and get some more books. Actually do the readings assigned, and don’t do them because they were assigned (don’t have that mentality, anyways).
OP: Why do you want to study English?