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What Can You Do With A Major In English? 


English is the study of ideas, cultures, morals, and concepts throughout time. It provides the knowledge and appreciation of literature, along with the education and skills that can be applied to most careers. The study of English provides a high level of education on general information and helps to develop vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and oral and written communication skills. This education offers a wide range of opportunities for a career and the ability to bring many valuable skills into the workplace.


English With a Concentration in Theater/Drama  


African-American / African Diaspora Studies  

American Literature  

British Literature  

Creative Writing  


Film Studies

Liberal Arts / Interdisciplinary Studies  


Venture Studies  

Writing Studies

Typical Career Paths

Technical Communication
Public Relations

Typical Job Titles

Note: Some of these occupations might require certification, licensure, or advanced degrees


Account Executive   Editor, Film/Video
Literary Agent   Actor/Actress
Editor, Magazine   Loan Officer
Editor, News   Lobbyist
Editor, Newspaper   Magazine Writer
Advertising Copywriter   Editor, Publications
Manuscript Reader   Artist
Editor, Writer   Market Research
Analyst   Editorial Assistant
Marketing Specialist   Education and Training
Marketing Writer   Author--Fiction or Non-fiction
Educational Program Specialist   Mass Media
Assistant Scientific Writer   Entertainment Agent
Media Planner   Bank Officer
Fashion Merchandiser   Medical Records
Biographer   Foreign Correspondent
Narrator   Book Critic
Freelance Writer/consultant   Novelist
Business Manager   Fundraiser
Paralegal   Circulation Assistant
Greeting Card Writer   Paralegal Assistant
City Manager   Hearing Officer
Personnel Manager   College Professor
Hotel/Motel Manager   Playwright
Columnist/Commentator   Human Resource Specialist
Poet   Comedy Writer
Politician   Communications Manager
Humorist/Comedian   Probation and Parole Officer
Congressional Aide   Copywriter
Insurance Agent   Proofreader
Creative Writer   Interpreter and Translator
Journalist   Public Relations Specialist
Curator   Labor Relations Specialist
Customer Service Rep   Desktop Publisher
Legal Assistant   Publishing Assistant
Radio-TV Commentator   Sales Representative
Special Events Coordinator   Radio-TV Newscaster
Sales/Service Manager   Speech Writer
Script Reader   Sports Writer
Reporter   Singer/Voice
Stockbroker   Research Assistant
Teacher   Talent Agent
Translator   Technical Writer
Underwriter   Video Scriptwriter/Producer


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Ad Agencies
Book Packages
Broadcast Media
Drug/Medical Companies
Government Agencies
Insurance Companies
International Companies
Internet Companies
Market Research Firm
Musical Publishers
Production Companies
Professional Organization
Public Relations Firm
Public Schools
Publishing Firms
Sports Organization
Trade Association
University Presses


Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges Salaries
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English starts at about $39,611.
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Skills Needed For This Career

Influencing and Persuading   Presenting alternative view points
Clarifying ideas   Making Oral Presentations
Problem solving   Developing hypotheses
Comparing interpretations   Summarizing ideas
Thinking independently   Editing skills
Creative writing   Oral and written communication skills

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Association of Community Theatre 
American Society of Magazine Editors
Association of American Publishers
International Association of University Professors of English
Writers Guild of America

Magazine Publishers of America
Society for Technical Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
American Copy Editors Society
National Newspaper Publishers Association
Writers Guild of America
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
American Medical Writers Association

Job Search Information

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

Holland Interest Codes

General English: Social; Artistic; Investigative (SAI)
Drama Concentration: Artistic; Social; Enterprising (ASE)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Create a profile on LinkedIn to expand your career network through social media
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options