English and American Literature

Career Options

Today it is likely that a person will pursue several different lines of work over the course of his or her life. The broad outlook and fundamental skills that literary studies entails—effective written and oral communication; understanding others’ perspectives; critical thinking, research, and information management; synthesis, creative thinking, and imaginative vision—prepares English majors for virtually any career in areas diverse as business, media, medicine and education. Many graduates proceed to every kind of professional school—law, medicine, journalism, public policy—or graduate studies in numerous fields, from English to sociology. Many pursue careers that involve writing, analysis, persuasion and public presentation in business, government, non-profits, media, the arts, educational institutions, and many other professional settings. The ability to analyze closely, think creatively and write clearly and effectively are skills that are applicable in any field in which verbal fluency and critical thinking are crucial.