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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

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - English
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.

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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

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