Careers and Opportunities
Utilizing Your Degree
Careers for English Majors
English is a versatile degree, which means students may take it to any job which requires writing, speaking and thinking critically.
- Graduate school - Many graduates choose to advance their career in a particular area of interest. These advanced degrees will enable students to be able to teach collegiate level classes.
- Professional writing - With much of the world online these days, professional writing for blogs, digital magazines, businesses and other organizations is in great demand.
- Editing for major publishing companies or corporations - Companies and businesses with print or digital material often need editors to stylize, analyze and reword brochures, magazine ads, write-ups and other print material.
- Technical Writing - Technical writing works well with English majors because it requires attention to detail, consistency and the ability to summarize overall messages into a concise statement. Often, writers will have to take complex ideas and make them understandable to the average reader ... which is exactly what English majors learn how to do.
- Grant writing - English majors learn how to write persuasive arguments, which is exactly what grant writing entails.
- Law school - Majoring in English works well with a degree in law, as you will have to read extensively while maintaining knowledge of overall ideas, create cohesive arguments and find research to back your arguments.
- Public Relations - Those in public relations write press releases, pitch letters, write newsletters, research content for social media, write and edit web content and other print material. Many campaigns hire, and government agencies also hire public relations personnel.
- Sales - This career choice can be quite lucrative for some, and requires skills to analyze, communicate, sense customer's needs and empathize. Most English majors develop these skills throughout their academic careers.
- Policy Analyst - Requires analyzing, writing, planning and developing new policy plans. Both governmental agencies and businesses in the private sector hire people to develop policies and communicate them clearly to the target audience.
- Social Media Manager - Social media is a growing industry, and many companies, businesses, agencies and other organizations need people to develop and run their social media programs. The job requires creativity, planning and clear communication abilities, all skills developed as an English major.
- Communications Officer - This position is typically found within government. Press writing, messaging and speech writing are all part of the job.
- Teaching English Overseas - Many colleges and universities overseas pay for English majors to come and teach English, literature and other classes. This is also a great ministry opportunity.
Clubs & Organizations
- Sigma Tau Delta - Join the national English Honor Society.
Opportunities in the English Department
- Renowned authors, poets and songwriters hold creative workshops for students during Giving Voice: A Festival of Writing and the Arts. Volunteer and learn what organizing literary events entails and how to set up workshops in multiple fields of discipline. This is a great opportunity to get critiques on personal creative writing, research papers or ask questions about the field of writing, editing and publishing.
- Teachers encourage students to present their research in class or give presentations on topics of interest (pictured below).
- Creative writing courses include poetry/creative writing readings of personal works. Students gather at coffee shops or bookstores to present their own poetry or writing.
- Expand your writing skills by writing for the university’s newspaper, the Threefold Advocate.
- Gain valuable work and editorial experience by working in the Writing Center. Students working in the Writing Center help other students brainstorm topic ideas, edit papers, fix grammatical errors and polish up their research papers.
- Students learn about editorial work, magazine layout and publishing by working on a literary magazine.
- Students have many opportunities to present papers at state or national writing conventions.
- Students gain valuable experience by sending personal work to publishing houses, magazines or other editors