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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in English



The study of English provides opportunities to explore the worlds of literature and culture. Coursework focuses on areas such as literary study, the historical periods of medieval, renaissance, and eighteenth through twentieth centuries, and other English literature topics.

A bachelor's degree in English provides you with skills for a variety of positions in business, government, research, education, publishing, as well as in the cultural, entertainment, and communications industries. English as a major is versatile and helps you develop skills useful in many career fields. Your major is only one of many variables to be considered when developing career plans. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Effective career decision making is based on a thorough assessment of your skills, interests, values, and experiences. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, work experience, good grades, and college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Administrative Assistant Fact Checker Nonprofit Administrator
Advertising Account Exec. Fundraiser Personnel Trainee
Campaign Manager Historical Society Specialist Production Assistant
Claims Examiner Journalist Public Assistant
Communications Specialist Legislative Assistant Public Relations Specialist
Copy Writer Librarian Publicity Assistant
Corporate Trainer Lobbyist Research Asst.
Critic Management Trainee Researcher
Customer Service Rep Marketing/Sales Manager Sales Representative
Editor/Writer Media Analyst Special Events Coordinator
Editorial Assistant Media Buyer Teacher/Professor
Educational Director Museum Curator Volunteer Coordinator

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Book/Magazine Publishers Healthcare Facilities Museums
Community Arts Centers Historic Sites/Historical Societies Newspapers/Magazines
Community service agencies Hospitality Organizations Polictical Organizations
Consumer Organizations Insurance Companies Public Relations Firms
Cultural Organizations Investment Firms Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Libraries Telecommunications Firms
Financial Institutions Market research firms Theaters
Foundations Media (Radio, TV) .


Government Agencies
Civil Rights Commission Division of Youth & Family Services National Institutes of Health
Consumer Affairs Office Legislative Affairs Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Cultural Affairs Agencies Motor Vehicle Department Small Business Administration
Department of Education National Endowment for the Humanities Travel and Tourism Dept.

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - English
Organization Job Title
Hobby Publications Asst. Editor
B. Dalton Asst. Mngr
Bloomingdales Asst. Mngr
Hudson United Bank Bank Teller
Merrill Lynch Brokers Asst.
Merrill Lynch Client Service Representative
R R Bowlar Publishing Department Coordinator
Common Boundary Magazine Editor
Bantam Doubleday Dell Editorial Asst.
Country Inns Publication Editorial Production Asst
Target Corporation Executive Team Leader
Goldman Sachs Financial Analyst Trainee
Aaron Health Center Fitness Director
Planned Parenthood Health Educator
Action Rent a Car Management Trainee,
Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Media Asst.
Davis & Saperstein Paralegal
Research on Education Association Production Asst
Entology, Inc. Recruiter
Forbes Newspapers Reporter
Edison School District Teacher


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - English
Organization Job Title
Agnew Carter McCarthy Public Relations Account Executive
Audubon High School (MA) Administrator
Leukemia Society Asst. Director of Communications
Chasemellon Shareholder Srvcs. Asst. V.P. & Communications Mngr
Editor & Publisher Magazine (MS Journalism) Associate Editor
Greenbaum Rowe Smith (JD) Attorney
Roberts Publishing Company Classified Advertising Mngr.
J&J/Ortho (MCIS) Corporate Communications Specialist
Andreoni & Associates Communications Consultant
Continental Health Affiliates Customer Service Mngr.
Career Services, Rutgers Law - Camden (M Ed.) Director
Internet Fundraising, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Director
Squibb Pharmaceutical District Sales Mngr.
Gannett Westchester Newspapers Editor
Abraham & Straus Employment Mngr.
Zimmerli Art Museum (MA Art History) Exhibition Coordinator
J.F. Hillebrand GMBH Export Mngr.
Nabisco (MBA) Financial Analyst
Self Employed (MA Journalism) Freelance Writer
Highland Park H.S. (MA Student Personnel) Guidance Counselor
J.P. Lippincott Healthcare Editor
United States Attorney's Office (MLS) Law Librarian
Kenilworth Public Library (MLS) Library Director
City of San Jose (JD) Litigation Analyst
Advertising Women of NY (M Ed.) Managing Director
TV Guide (MBA) Marketing Mngr.
Alexander & Associates Media Analyst
Newark Board of Education (M Ed.) Principal
American Home Foods (MBA) Production Mngr
St. Johns University (PhD) Professor
Princeton YWCA (MA Public Policy) Program Director
Partners in Care (MA, Health Administration) Project Specialist
Somerset County Public Information Director
AT&T (MBA) Public Relations Director
PR Newswire Sales Mngr.
Liz Claiborne Sales Promotion Asst. Mngr
New Japan Securities (MBA) Securities Analyst
Teach for America Teacher
Dialogic Corp. Technical Writer
Toy Manufacturers of America Trade Show Mngr.
Tarlow Advertising Traffic Director
Metropolitan Life Insurance Training Consultant
Primerica (MA Asian Studies) VP of Research
Drake Beam Morin (MBA) VP of Human Resources
Arline Zatz Publication Writer/Photographer

Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
Clemson University MA English
Harvard University PhD Education
Johns Hopkins PhD English
New York University PhD English
New York University PhD French Literature
Ohio State University PhD Education
Rutgers University MA English Education
Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education
Rutgers University MLIS Library and Information Science
Rutgers University-Newark JD Law
The New School PhD Creative Writing
University of Calif.-Irvine PhD Comparative Lit.

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