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I love books. I love to write. But what can you do with a degree in English—other than be a teacher?
We hear this a lot in the English department.
It’s the first question prospective students (and their parents) ask us. And clearly the question is on your mind, too, because, well, here you are.
We understand why you’re asking...
- Because you’re looking for an answer to that insistent question, “So, what are you going to be?”
- Because unlike, say, journalism or marketing or architecture, the name of our major—English—doesn’t directly refer to a specific career.
- Because choosing a major with a clear career trajectory seems like a practical choice.
...but an English major is a practical choice.
You can be a teacher, yes, and so many other things.
The world needs English majors because, no matter how much the economy and technology change, we teach skills that transfer to hundreds of jobs—and to jobs that don’t even exist yet.
The future belongs to those who can tell clear, persuasive stories in a noisy world. And that’s what we teach in English.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 93 percent of employers say that a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than a candidate’s undergraduate major.
So if you’re passionate about books, language, or writing, come study with us. And before you graduate, we’ll show you how you navigate from the academic to the professional world.