If you were to major in English and minor in graphic design, you could theoretically pursue a career in art. Many employers hire their designers based on the strength of their portfolio rather than the specific degree type. However, if you know you want a career in art/design I would suggest the opposite — majoring in art/design and minoring in English, which will allow you to take more artistically-focused classes that will help you build a stronger portfolio.
Double-majoring is a fantastic solution if you aren't sure where you want to end up. An ability to write is a huge plus in hiring designers, and having the overlapping experience can open even more doors and allow you to cross-feed your ideas between mediums. But as others have mentioned it can be draining, especially considering the creative effort that goes into each discipline separately.
Lastly, it's okay to change your mind or be unsure. Part of college is figuring out what you do and don't like so that you don't get trapped in a career path you hate. If at any point you decide you don't like or want to do art/design, English, a double major, etc. you can change your major/minor easily.
Maria recommends the following next steps:
- Seriously consider what you want to be doing after receiving your degree. Do you want to be writing or teaching English? Or do you want to be designing or working in the visual arts? Or maybe a little bit of both? Your answer to this initial question will help guide your next steps.