Why Major in English

English is a major branch of the language arts and its main focus is on the written word. The appropriate use and understanding of English is considered basic to the American way of life and reflects a person's level of educational achievement. Students who elect either the elementary or secondary emphasis of the English major will be prepared for teaching at those levels. English majors and minors in any emphasis are valued because of their communication skills and their knowledge of the language. Possible career paths include writing, editing, and publishing; teaching; advertising and public relations; and business administration and management. The discipline also prepares students for graduate study in English and a variety of other fields, including law and business administration.

Skills Related to English

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain research results
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to make critical observations
  • Good at organizing ideas, material, and people

Employers in English

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Bookstores
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Communication Firms
  • Film Companies
  • Fund-Raising Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Internet Companies
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Personnel Departments
  • Professional Journals
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Publishing Firms
  • Radio/TV Industry
  • Research/Development Firms
  • Travel Agencies
The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with an English major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers that English majors may consider.
Advertising Worker Announcer, TV/radio Author
Bibliographer Biographer Bookstore Manager/Owner
Columnist Consumer Public Relations Editor
Freelance Writer Interpreter/Translator Journalist
Lawyer Librarian Linguist
Market Research Analyst Media Specialist Narrator
Playwright Proofreader Publisher
Researcher Sales Representative Speech Writer
Teacher Technical Writer  
Travel Agent University Administrator Textbook Writer
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