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A Career Guide for the English Major


The English major enjoys the study of works of literature, poetry, prose, and drama. Works are reviewed from the perspectives of their history, point of view, organization, and language. Students develop skills in analytical reading, creative and logical thinking, logic of expression in composition, and language use.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Library use/research
  • Creative expression
  • Journal writing
  • The Fine Arts
  • Story writing/prose
Aptitudes'
  • Effective written/oral communication skills
  • Creative/persuasive expression of ideas
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong grammar/editing skills
  • Good decision making skills
  • Critical/analytical reading skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Bachelor of Arts Degree (Minimum of 120 credit hours required): The major in English leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide the student with a broad background in the following areas: British and American literature, Multicultural & Gender Studies, and Writing & Rhetoric. The degree prepares student for careers in business, education, and government, as well as for graduate and professional schools such as medicine and law.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by English graduates:

ARTS
Journalist
Writer
Public Radio Programmer
Rare Book Collector
Poet
News Reporter
Drama Critic
Publisher
Screen Writer/Film
Screen Writer/Television
Editor
Announcer
Entertainment Coordinator
Art Broker
Gallery Director
EDUCATION
Teacher
College Professor
Librarian
Headmaster
Career Counselor
Special Education Teacher
Learning Specialist
Interpreter
Women's Studies
Professional Organization
Executive
Advisory Board Chair
Historian
University Development
Officer
Health Services/Education
Coordinator
HUMAN SERVICES
Social Worker
Lawyer
Clergy Person
Health Co-coordinator
Peace Corps Volunteer
Legislator
Lobbyist
Consumer Advocate
Pollster
Non-profit Organization
Information Writer
CIA Agent
BUSINESS
Publisher
Advertising Executive
Manager
Market Researcher
Technical Writer
Environmental Board
Member
Web Site Writer
Human Resource Staffer
Public Relations
Bookstore Owner
U.S. Government Staffer
Press Secretary
Tour Organizer
Banker
Stockbroker
Hospitality Director
Magazine Editor
Corporate Executive
Travel Writer/Editor

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters
Boca Raton Campus - Arts and Humanities Building, room 213 (AH 213)
Tel: 561-297-3800

Davie Campus - Liberal Arts Building, room 421 (LA 421)
Tel: 954-236-1101

Department of English
Boca Raton Campus, Social Sciences Building, Room 300 (SO 300)
(561) 297-3830


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