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Careers for English Majors

What is an English major?

At the University of Denver, English majors study the history of literature in English and English translation, the production of literature as a creative act and the interpretation of literature based on social, economic, cultural and political conditions.

Visit DU's english department.

Common careers for English majors

The strong critical thinking and communication skills of English majors often land them in fields like education, law, business, publishing, creative writing or technical communication.

Specific job titles held by English majors include:

  • actor/actress
  • advertising executive
  • author
  • librarian
  • bibliographer
  • broadcaster
  • columnist
  • communications specialist
  • critic
  • editor
  • educator
  • freelance writer
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • marketing specialist
  • media specialist
  • playwright
  • poet
  • public relations manager
  • publisher
  • reporter
  • researcher
  • screenwriter
  • social media manager
  • speech writer
  • technical editor
  • technical writer

Professional skills of English majors

In addition to the careers listed above, English majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • critical interpretation
  • writing
  • social sensitivity to audience expectations
  • collaboration
  • problem solving
  • research
  • self-motivation

Is an English major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in English? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire English majors and alumni who majored in English.

Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career paths.