English

1. What is the English major?
2. What careers interest students in this major?
3. What skills are developed within this major?
4. What English resources are available?
5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?
6. Where can I get more information about the English major?

1. What is the English major?

While poring over poems, novels, and plays, English majors develop a critical and aesthetic understanding of English as a language, and of literature as an art form. English majors acquire a profound sense of history while reading historical novels, which are usually richer in cultural, social, and political perception than most history textbooks are. Students in other majors might not think studying sonnets and short stories could give someone an edge, but after four years of English classes, your research and writing skills have been finely tuned. You have mastered the ability to communicate, think critically, and produce in-depth analysis of any written piece that comes your way.

A common misconception about English majors is that after they graduate the only thing they can do with their degree is go to graduate school or teach. With such a firm foundation of writing and communication skills; however, English majors are ready to hit the street and tackle a host of careers—after a few internships, that is. An internship within an intriguing industry will help translate academic skills directly into applicable workplace skills. Internships are great ways to get experience and help you narrow down your endless career possibilities.

After graduation, English majors often find positions in: nonprofit organizations education, advertising, consulting, entertainment (film, TV, and radio), government agencies, investment banks and financial services, journalism, law/lobbying firms, public relations, and publishing or continue their education in graduate or law school.

2. What careers interest students in this major?

Careers that often interest English majors include:
Advertising Copywriter
Attorney
Author
Book Store Manager
Broadcast Journalist
Congressional Aide
Copy Editor
Court Reporter
Editor
Educator
Entertainment Agent
ESL Instructor
Freelance Writer
Human Resources Director
Journalist
Librarian
Literary Agent
Media Specialist
Paralegal
Press Representative
Public Relations Director
Publishing Assistant
Technical Writer

3. What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: Aptitude for making critical observations; Proficiency at reading, writing, and speaking; Command of grammar and vocabulary; Capable of reading analytically; Creative thinking; Ability to work toward deadlines; Able to successfully make decisions; and attention to detail.

4. What English resources are available?

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

5. Where have Wake Forest graduates landed jobs with this major?

Click here to see where English majors have landed jobs after graduation.

6. Where can I get more information about the English major?

For more information about the English major, visit the WFU Department of English.