What can I do with an English degree?

 As one of the core liberal arts, focused particularly on the interplay among language, culture and human communication, English helps you develop ways of knowing and acting in the world that are central to both one's personal and professional lives.

Students studying English go on to careers in a variety of professions, including writing, teaching and publishing - but the opportunities far exceed these three career areas. The list below offers a sample of some of the organizations and positions for which our English majors have chosen to work (organized by concentration):

Literature sectorsLiterature positions

Libraries and museums


Colleges and universities

Editor for arts councils

Magazines and newspapers

Peace Corps

Publishing firms and houses


Radio, television and movies


Governmental organizations


Private and public schools

Creative Writing sectorsCreative Writing positions



Promotional and advertising agencies


Public relations firms


Freelance writing

Arts council

Colleges and universities


Publishing firms and houses

Script writer

Nonprofit organizations


Professional Writing & Rhetoric
Professional Writing  & Rhetoric positions

Promotional and advertising agencies


Non-profit organizations and public service agencies

Public opinion analyst

Public relations firms

Grant writer

Colleges and universities

Copy editor

High-tech firms

Document analyst

Publishing firms and houses

Legal assistant

Hospitals and research centers

Information specialist

Special interest groups (lobbies)


Government agencies


Law firms and corporate legal offices

Teaching licensure sectorsTeaching licensure positions

Public and private schools

Education specialist

Educational organizations

English as a second language specialist

Instructional design organizations

College administrator