What can you do with an English degree? Actually, quite a lot.

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Tell someone you’re majoring in English and you’re likely to hear, “What can you do with an English degree?” Well, we’re here with the answers (and there are many) to that question.

Editors, librarians and public relations specialists all have one thing in common. They’re examples of careers for English majors. But the list doesn’t even come close to stopping there. What many people don’t realize about an English degree is that it sets you up for success on many levels.

Throughout your courses you learn to read texts in a way you’ve never read before. Your analytical abilities and critical thinking skills are sharpened by the breadth and depth of your studies. You also develop outstanding written and oral communication skills, qualities employers look for on a resume.

Where Can Your English Degree Take You?

You could opt to take your degree to graduate or professional programs, such as library science or law.

Or maybe you have a love of teaching. You could earn an English and education degree and teach high school. Other English majors go on to graduate school to earn a master’s degree to teach high school or at a community college. If you want to teach at the college level, you can go on to earn your PhD.

Have a love for literature and a head for numbers? Couple your polished analytical skills with a major or minor in business and math. You could be a successful market research analyst.

Love travel and have a knack for languages? Your English degree paired with a foreign language minor could lead to a fulfilling career as a travel writer.

An English major plus a professional and technical writing minor can lead to a promising career as a writer or editor of technical publications.

So the next time someone asks you what you can do with your English degree, you tell them, “Plenty.” Because that’s the truth.

Your Future Is Here

Ready to map out your path? We’re here to help. E-mail Dr. John Sykes for more information on what courses you need to take to make your dream job a reality.