Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

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?
70%

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
Opportunities 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 from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities 2014 study "Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment," 4 our of 5 employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences, and 93% of employers agree that candidates' ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major. The average starting salary for a humanities major is , 271, and the average peak income is ,185. For students who go on to receive graduate degrees, the average starting salary is ,821, and the average peak income is ,821.

What percentage of undergraduates goes on to graduate school?
20%

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39