What can I do with a major in English?

Your major will not necessarily dictate your career. Your major, as well as your Wheaton education, will provide you with important transferable skills and knowledge. Thus, your major is only part of what makes you employable. Other experiences that employers will take into account include internships, hobbies, work experience, and involvement in campus activities.

For information about majoring in English at Wheaton, please visit the department’s webpage.

Transferable Skills

A liberal arts degree with provide you with a comprehensive education emphasizing many transferable skills, include analytical skills, communication skills, and the ability to think critically. Your major studies will also allow you to gain specific skills that may be of interest to particular employers and industries. Students of English excel in the following areas:

  • Possess wide knowledge of historical information
  • Possess ability to creatively teach concepts
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to make critical observations and evaluations
  • Ability to think clearly and form arguments
  • Careful record keeping
  • Wide ranging curiosity
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Excellent skills in oral and written expression
  • Possess a diversity of knowledge across many topics
  • Ability to quickly digest large amounts of information
  • Ability to think logically and critically and make analogies
  • Aware of intercultural conflicts and perspectives
  • Ability to understand ideas and values
  • Strong research skills
  • Excellent proficiency in reading, speaking and writing
  • Possess strong skills in computer technology
  • Proficiency in analytical reasoning
Careers of Wheaton Alumni who majored in English
  • Lawyer, Colorado State University
  • Consultant, Self-Employed
  • English Department Chair, Friends’ Central School
  • ,Self-Employed
Other Position Titles Related to English

Please note that some of these positions may require an advanced degree. For more information and descriptions of these careers, visit O*NET On-line.

Account Supervisor-Marketing Human Resources Manager Proposal Writer
Advertising Copywriter Instructional Media Specialist Public Relations Consultant
Arts Educator International Business Officer Publisher
College Professor Interpreter Researcher
Columnist Journalist Scientific Writer
Critic Lawyer Scientific Writing
Curator Librarian Screenwriter
Editorial Writer or Assistant Manager/Supervisor Social Worker
English Teacher Market Researcher Television Producer
Foreign Correspondent Museum Exhibit Programmer Translator
Freelance Writer News Analyst Travel Writer
Fundraiser Playwright Webmaster/Content Writer
Historic Preservationist Production Assistant Writer’s Assistant


Job Search Resources

Consult the Opportunities by Interest section to research job opportunities in your chosen career field.

Books & Publications in the Filene Center Library
  • Great Jobs for English Majors, Julie DeGalan
  • Directory of Literary Magazines
  • Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way With Words, Robert Bly
  • How to Land a Job in Journalism, Phil Swann
  • Careers for Bookworms and Other Literary Types, Marjorie Eberts
  • Careers in Communications and Entertainment, Leonard Mogel
  • Careers in Advertising and Public Relations, Shelly Field
  • O’Dwyer’s Directory of PR Firms