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What can I do with a major in English?

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Description of English

Textual study and written critical analysis sit at the heart of the liberal arts experience, and the Rhodes College Department of English provides rigorous training in both. Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowolf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fiction. Additionally, students can engage in internships and independent study. 

For a literary work to survive, it must master its medium, language. Similarly, we affirm that literary study goes hand in hand with clear, persuasive, and artful argumentation. Finely honed writing skills are not only portable and transferable across the curriculum, but also indispensable in the broader workplace.

Marshall Boswell, Chair

Possible Job Titles of English Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Academic Advisor
Account Planner*
Administrative Associate*
Advertising Executive*
Announcer (Radio/TV)
Assistant Broadcast Negotiator*
Assistant Editor*
Assistant Project Manager*
Assistant Director of Alumni*
Associate Director of PR*
Attorney
Author
Bibliographer
Book Store Manager
Broadcast Journalist
Case Manager*
Claims Representative*
Columnist*
Commentator
Communications Coordinator*
Communications Specialist*
Congressional Aide
Consumer Affairs
Consumer Psychology Analyst*
Consultative Sales Rep*    
Copy Editor
Copywriter*
Corporate Writer*
Court Reporter
Critic
Curator
Customer Service Rep*
Desktop Editor
Developing Coordinator*
Editor*
Editorial Assistant*
Education Coordinator*
English Teacher*
Entertainment Agent
ESL Instructor*
Executive Assistant*
Financial Advisor*
Foreign Correspondent
Freelance Writer
Human Resource Assistant*
Information Specialist
Interpreter
Journalist
Legal Assistant*
Librarian
Linguist
Literary Agent
Litigation Research Asst*
Lobbyist
Manager, Resort*
Marketing Coordinator*
Marketing Specialist*
Marketing/Grant Writer*
Media Specialist
Mortgage Loan Specialist
Narrator
News Reporter
Paralegal*
Patient Representative*
Personal Banker
Playwright
Politician
Press Representative
Process Analyst*
Production Artist/Designer*
Production Assistant*
Professor
Program Assistant*
Proofreader
Property Coordinator*
Public Relations Specialist*
Public Relations Writer
Publicity Coordinator
Publisher Proofreader
Publishing assistant
Quality Assurance Spec*
Reading Specialist
Relay Agent*
Reporter*
Research Associate*
Sales Manager*
Script Writer (Radio/TV)
Staff Writer*
Speech Writer
Teacher*
Technician*
Technical Writer*
Test Developer*
Training Specialist*
Translator
Travel Agent
Web Designer*
Writer*
Writing Instructor* 
Youth Director*

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for English Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Academy of Science & Engineering*
Advertising Firms*
American Express Financial*
Archer Malmo*
Attorney Offices*
AutoZone*
Banks*
Bloomberg L.P.*
Bookstores*
BUNAC*
Business Corporations*
Cerner Corporation*
Clear Channel*
Colleges and Universities*
Council Travel
Cumberland Region Tomorrow*
Department Stores*
Dept. of Defense
Ducks Unlimited*
Education Departments*
Educational Institutions*
Farr Miller & Washington*
FedEx
Film Companies
Gallup Organization
GE Financial Assurance
Government Agencies
Graphic Arts Association*
Health Care Corporations*
Holcomb Speed*
Insurance Companies*
International Paper*
JET*
John Wiley & Sons*
Libraries
Library of Congress
Literary Periodicals
McGraw Hill*
Magazine Companies*
Media Edge*
Memphis Magazine/Flyer*
Memphis Business Journal*
Morgan Keegan*
Mosby, Inc*
NAC International
Newspapers*
Nonprofit Agencies*
Nova Factor*
Orpheum Theatre*
Political Action Groups
Professional Photographers*
Public Relation Firms
Publishing Companies*
Radio and TV Stations*
Research Firms
School Systems*
Sprint*
Teach for America*
Towery Publishing*
Travel Agencies
UNUM*
VISTA*
Work and Way*
Wine Cellar Solutions*
Youth Villages*

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with English Majors

  • Proficiency at reading, writing, and speaking
  • Maintains command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Capable of reading analytically
  • Aptitude toward making critical observations
  • Able to successfully make decisions
  • Able to maintain concentration for long periods
  • Increased capacity for creative thinking
  • Willingness to work toward deadlines

Top Career Services Resources for English Majors

  • Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way with Words by Robert Bly
  • Careers in Publishing by Blythe Cameson
  • Great Jobs for English Majors by Stephen Lambert
  • 100 Jobs in Words by Scott Meyer
  • The WetFeet Insider Guide to Careers in Advertising and Public Relations by WetFeet

Campus Contacts Associated with English

Career Services
901-843-3800
rhodes.edu/careerservices     

Department of English
901-843-3794
rhodes.edu/english

Additional Resources/Contacts for English Majors

American Comparative Literature Association
American Copy Editors Society
American Library Association
American Society of Journalists & Authors
National Council for Teachers of English
National Writers Association
Public Relations Society of America
Society for Technical Communication

The information above describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed above may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.