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. 

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for English*

** Includes Self-Employed

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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.

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Professional Associations/Resources

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Anne Arundel County Public Schools English Teacher
Apex Systems Technical Recruiter
Athens-Clarke County Library Library Assistant
Atlanta Homeshop Team Marketing Specialist
Brad Cecil and Associates Account Coordinator
BusyBissy Media Productions Art Director
C2 Education History Tutor
Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clerical Assistant
Clarke County School District ELA Teacher
Columbia County School System Teacher
Eagle Ranch Program Assistant
Epic Software Developer
ERA Sunrise Realty Social Media Consultant and Buyer's Agent
Family Flowers - McCarthy Group Florists Digital Marketing Specialist and Content Writer
First Data Security Operations Specialist
Fulton County School System ELA Teacher, English Teacher
Georgia Aquarium 4D Theater Operator
Georgia Gameday Center Operations Manager
Greene County School District Teacher
Greenville County Schools Secondary English/Language Arts Teacher
Gwinnett County Public Schools 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher, English Teacher
Habitat for Humanity US Grants Specialist
Hodges-Mace Senior Data Specialist Team Lead
Iconic Youth Editor
Ignite Mental Health Writer/Editor Intern
Innova Software Inside Sales
Jefferson Parrish School District Teacher
Jittery Joe's Coffee Barista
Kimley-Horn Marketing Analyst
Kinship Care Resource Center Special Programs Coordinator
Monroe County School District Middle School Teacher
Natural Resources Conservation Service Not Specified
NHiM Clothing Associate
North Point Ministries Service Programming Intern
Porter Novelli Account Coordinator
Proskauer Rose LLP Project Assistant
QASymphony Associate Technical Writer
Ramsey Solutions Customer Success Advisor
Rogers & Cowan Temporary Receptionist
SBI Marketing Support
SEO My Business Content Creator
SiriusXM Coordinator, Streaming Content Discovery & User Experience
Teach For America Teach For America Corps Member
University of Georgia Press Intern
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
Boston University Emerging Media Studies, Degree Not Specified
Georgia College & State University English, Degree Not Specified
Georgia State University English, Not Specified; Law, JD
New York University Journalism (Science, Health, Environmental Reporting), MA; Performance Studies, Degree Not Specified
Northwestern University Piano Performance, MM
Oxford University The Columbia Publishing Course, Degree Not Specified
The University of Maryland English, MA
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville English, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia English, MA; English Education, MAT; Law, JD; Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MA
Valdosta State University Master of Library and Information Science, MLIS
Vanderbilt University English, PhD
* denotes no responses received.