What can I do with a major in English?The primary focus of an English major is the study and appreciation of literature. A traditional liberal arts major, English has always offered its students opportunities for self-knowledge and growth as they explore the ideas of great writers of the past and the present. However, the English major is also a practical choice. Because English choices encourage critical thinking, clear writing, and effective communication, students electing this major often choose careers in teaching, law, management, journalism, library science, government service, and other fields. The English program also offers students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study.
Strategies• Enroll in a wide variety of classes
• Write for campus publications
• Join a debating team
• Work in library or bookstore
• Obtain a job typing for writer
• Enhance computer skills
• Work for a publisher (internship or summer employment)
• Enhance knowledge of media
• Consider completing a business minor for advertising, business, PR, or publishing
Public Relations Director
Public Relations Specialist
Radio, TV Commentator
Radio, TV Newscaster
Retail Sales Analyst
Special Events Coordinator
Teacher (all levels)
Professional OrganizationsAmerican Society of Magazine Editors
810 7th Avenue, 24th floor
New York, NY 10019
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
234 Outlet Pointe Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29210-5667
Society for Technical Communication, Inc.
901 N. Stuart St., Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
The Dow Jones News Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 300
Princeton, NJ 08543-0300
American Copy Editors Society: mentors online; discuss journalism education, tips on training and internships, and editing
The Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network: Careers in higher education
General Information Sites
Authorlink: Information Services for Writers, Editors, Literary Agents and Publishers
Advertising and Media Jobs Page
Investigative Reporters & Editors
TV Jobs: Broadcast Employment Services
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