Careers for English Majors

Confused about how the study of English relates to the real world? Good news! Studying English prepares you for a wide variety of careers. Currently employed alumni of the English program have become respected professionals in their fields. Their job titles include:

Author
Communications consultant
Copywriter
Corporate correspondent
Grant writer
Journalist
Middle-school teacher
High-school teacher
Human resources professional
Sports information director
Librarian
Public relations director
Community college instructor
High school administrator
Lawyer

Studying English can prepare you for many options that don’t immediately come to mind when you tell your family you’re studying literature at college. For instance, according to the Modern Language Association, English is a recommended Pre-Medical major because clear communication skills are necessary when lives are at stake. English majors across the nation also find careers in

Banking
Business
Advertising
Public Relations
Publishing
Editing

The skills you will develop as an English major help you analyze the facts and come up with innovative solutions. A talent for using language, writing and communicating with others, will prepare you for a whole world of careers.

For more information about careers for English majors, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center’s site or contact our department to speak with a faculty advisor. The world is at your fingertips. Are you ready?

FHSU English Graduates: Out in the World

Amanda K. Stinemetz (2006)
Assistant Director of ESL Program
FHSU
Hays, KS
Over the last two years, my English degree has proven to be substantially beneficial to me in my career endeavors. It provided me the opportunity to pursue careers in Library Science, Advertising and Editing, Education, and ESL (English as a Second Language), to name a few. In addition to these career opportunities, my degree in English also provided me with the option to work in the United States, or to work abroad in several different countries. My knowledge of the English language (understanding, applying, using, and teaching the language) was enhanced and sharpened by the FHSU English Department; the department successfully equipped me with the competitive edge required to obtain this position.
Diane Polifka (2008)
Lead Transportation Security Officer
Transportation Security Administration
Arlington, VA
Determination, time-management, and supportive instructors were what pushed me through to graduation. My fear of the younger students was quickly relieved; we were all reaching for the same goal. The skills learned at FHSU that have been most helpful are the ability to paraphrase, take notes, think critically, and listen to the opinions and observations of others. The discussions about literature provided a collaborative effort to reach a more mature understanding of a work. That has been extremely useful in working on a team to reach a greater understanding of the subtleties and nuances of individual airports, so that we can make suggestions that will improve their working environments. The FHSU class sizes are small enough to receive individual instruction and students and instructors are diverse. People of any age, gender, nationality, etc. are embraced into the community. Traveling to England on the study abroad program was educational and memorable. More memorable than that though, was the day-to-day camaraderie with everyone within the English Department at FHSU. The students even convinced me to move into the twenty-first century and join Facebook so that we could stay in touch.
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