English Studies are excellent preparation for any pursuit that requires breadth of mind, creative thinking and well-developed communication skills.

Professional schools, such as medical, business, and law, often encourage undergraduates to major in English as they complete their pre-professional courses. The B.A. in English can provide a foundation for many advanced-degree programs.

Job market: The skills and abilities one learns as an English major can be more generally applied to any career requiring expertise in the use of language as a means of communication.

[1] "English majors might be surprised that their talents can be both so noticeable and so needed in the workplace. ‘How bad can it be?’ they ask. The situation is quite poor, and many employers continue to insist in interviews and articles that many of their administrative problems would be eased if they could find management staff with solid writing and speaking competencies" (DeGalan & Lambert, xiii).


  • Influencing and persuading
  • Assessing needs of an audience
  • Presenting alternative viewpoints
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Making oral presentations
  • Shaping general ideas into specific points and programs
  • Research

Designing/directing projects

  • Organizing ideas/information
  • Developing hypotheses
  • Solving problems
  • Using information resources
  • Comparing interpretations
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis

Summarizing ideas

  • Comparing information
  • Using theoretical approaches
  • Developing critical evaluations
  • Thinking independently
  • Synthesizing ideas/themes
  • Applying close reading and interpretation


  • Abstracting information
  • Interpreting data
  • Editing
  • Writing concisely
  • Writing creatively

[1] DeGalan, Julie and Stephen Lambert.  Great Jobs for English Majors.  New York:  McGraw-Hill, 2006.

For free career counseling, workshops, and portfolio development assistance, please use the Wayne State University Career Services Office (www.careerservices.wayne.edu), located on the first floor of the Faculty Administration Building. Your Department of English Advisor may also have field-specific career development materials available for loan.

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