English : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Skills gained in this program include:
  • Writing: Writing creatively, creating persuasive messages, using precise language, assessing an audience, presenting specific viewpoints, writing concisely, drafting documents, and editing.
  • Research: Defining problems, establishing hypotheses, gathering information, using original sources, interpreting data, summarizing and presenting information, and evaluating results.
  • Critical Thinking: Thinking independently, reading critically, understanding components of complex problems, perceiving patterns/structures, comparing/contrasting, synthesizing themes, and summarizing ideas.

Career Choices
  • Admissions representative
  • Advertising specialist
  • Author
  • Broadcaster
  • Editor/publisher
  • Educator
  • Film/arts critic
  • Freelance writer
  • Grant writer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative assistant
  • Librarian
  • Market research analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Public relations director
  • Radio production assistance
  • Scientific/technical writer
  • Screenwriter
  • Speech writer
  • Writer's agent

Alumni in English have found employment in the following ways:

Many of our students go to graduate school in English, law, business, library science, and social work. Others receive teacher certification and teach high school. Still others work in business and media.

What percentage of undergraduates goes on to find related employment?


Work settings include:
  • Advertising agencies
  • Book publishers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Consumer action groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Health and human service organizations
  • Large companies
  • Law firms
  • Literary agencies
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Political offices
  • Printing firms
  • Public interest organizations
  • Public libraries
  • Radio/television stations
  • Research institutions
  • Theatres
  • Tutoring services

Opportunties for Post-Baccalaureate Study include:
  • Indiana
  • Cornell
  • Yale Law School
  • Michigan
  • Rutgers
  • Penn State
  • Northwestern
  • Northeastern
  • University of Sussex
  • Yale Divinity School
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • and many more

Salary Information

Salaries range greatly from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the 2006 NACE national salary survey for bachelors degree graduates, humanities graduates' starting salaries averaged $31,232.

What percentage of undergraduates goes on to graduate school?


Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:04 EST