What can I do with a major in English?
UGA Specific Information for English
English is a major branch of the language arts with a primary focus on writing, reading, literature, and speech. Although accurate use of the English language is essential to every college graduate, encountering the humanizing forces of languages and literature is the primary objective for students in this major. An English major will gain skills in critical thinking and articulate self-expression as well as knowledge of English and American Literature, language history and usage, and the critical contexts that help us to interpret our own age as well as others. Although the program encourages breadth and variety, it also offers ample opportunity for intensive study of particular interests, such as linguistics or creative and technical writing.
Employers Hiring UGA English for the Class of 2015*
AECOM | American Girl | Barrow County School District | Belk | Career Resources Inc. | Cherokee County School District | Chick-fil-A | Clock Diner | Connect Marketing Services | Cover32 | Delta Air Lines | Dropbox | Forsyth County School District | Georgia Gwinnett College | Gwinnett County Public School District | Henry County School District | Ingersoll Rand | International Uniform Inc. | Juice Consulting | Landmark Properties | Law and Moran | Links of London | MECLABS | MLB Advanced Media | Modern Marketing | New Life Academy of Excellence | Newton County School District | Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine | Priorities USA | Spanish Peaks Mountain Club | Teach for America | The Red & Black Publishing Co. | The Scion Group | The Telegraph | The University of Georgia | Tokyo Trading Corporation Limited | Transworld Systems | UPS | Vacation Express | Viva Argentine Cuisine | Westminster Christian Academy | Young Life
Job Titles of UGA English Majors for the Class of 2015*
Associate Reporter | Clerk I | Community Outreach Specialist | Copy Editor | Copywriter | Counselor | Customer Service Sales Associate | Digital Producer | English Teacher | Events Coordinator | Flight Attendant | Latin Instructor | Legal Assistant | Legal Case Manager | Librarian | Managing Editor | Marketing and Public Relations | Marketing Assistant | Marketing Coordinator | Marketing Director | Marketing Manager | Sales Representative | Social Media Editor | Staff Associate | Systems Administrator Assistant | Teacher | Team Leader | Training and Employment Coordinator | Waiter
Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA English Majors for the Class of 2015*
Augusta University | Elon University | Florida State University | Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics | John Marshall Law School | Portland State University | The University of Alabama | The University of Denver | The University of Florida | The University of Georgia | The University of Limerick | The University of New Orleans | The University of South Carolina | Wake Forest University
UGA English Career Outcomes for the Class of 2015*
** Includes Self-Employed
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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
General Information and Strategies
- A bachelor’s degree in English is very broad and is sufficient for entry level positions in business and industry, as well as in areas such as entertainment, radio and television commentary, and museum work. Because English can lead to many different career paths, it is important to identify an area of interest and be planful about gaining the right skills, experience, and credentials to enter that field.
- A major in English is also good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, communications, religious studies (e.g. seminary).
- Be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to secure freelance writing opportunities. Writers typically experience many rejections for each piece that is accepted for publication. Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio. Cultivate other career opportunities in order to supplement a freelance writing income.
- Obtain additional areas of expertise such as journalism, broadcasting, technical writing, or politics for specialized positions.
- Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in careers of interest to learn more about their jobs.
- Join relevant professional associations. Attend their conferences and read their journals.
Tip: Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. To search, select “groups” under the “interests” tab. Also, review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
Interested in graduate school? Find current information on getting into graduate school at UGA’s Career Center webpage.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- GoinGlobal - International (to access, login with your DAWGlink account)
- Idealist - Nonprofit
- USAJOBS - Federal
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs
- American Copy Editors Society
- American Library Association
- American Society of Journalists & Authors
- Association of Literary Scholars and Critics
- Magazine Publishers of America
- National Writers Association
- American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- Association for Business Communication
- Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
- College English Association
- International Writing Centers Association
- Modern Language Association
- National Council of Teachers of English
- Screen Actors Guild
- Society for Technical Communication