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 sectors

  • Libraries and museums
  • Colleges and universities
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Publishing firms and houses
  • Radio, television and movies
  • Governmental organizations
  • Private and public schools

Literature positions

  • Proofreader
  • Editor for arts councils
  • Peace Corps

Creative Writing sectors

  • Magazines
  • Promotional and advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Freelance writing
  • Colleges and universities
  • Publishing firms and houses
  • Nonprofit organizations

Creative Writing positions

  • Lexicographer
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Arts council
  • Columnist
  • Script writer
  • Journalist

Professional Writing & Rhetoric sectors

  • Promotional and advertising agencies
  • Non-profit organizations and public service agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Colleges and universities
  • High-tech firms
  • Publishing firms and houses
  • Hospitals and research centers
  • Special interest groups (lobbies)
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms and corporate legal offices

Professional Writing & Rhetoric positions

  • Researcher
  • Public opinion analyst
  • Grant writer
  • Copy editor
  • Document analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Information specialist

Teaching licensure sectors

  • Public and private schools
  • Educational organizations
  • Instructional design organizations
  • Tutoring

Teaching licensure positions

  • Education specialist
  • English as a second language specialist
  • College administrator