Choose Your Own Adventure
By: Madeline Marquardt
If you are an English major, or if you have ever considered majoring in English, then you have probably asked yourself, “What can I do with my degree?” The typical answer to this question is to teach. According to Montclair State University, only 30% of English majors go on to become teachers. Teaching is only the third highest occupational field that employs individuals with a B.A. in English. According to the College Majors Handbook, the highest
occupational field is arts and communication. This is where English majors become employed as artists, broadcast and print journalists, technical writers, communication specialists, and public relations specialists. The second highest occupational field that English majors work in, is the business field as top and midlevel managers, executives and administrators.
UW-L English majors can choose this major along with a Literature emphasis, a Rhetoric and Writing emphasis, or an English Education emphasis. No matter which emphasis a student selects, a major in English is versatile and will provide students with the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in business, art, journalism, or even law to name a few. What makes English majors so marketable and able to work in such a variety of fields are the skills they possess.
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