Why Major in English?


Do you want to study what you love while gaining vital writing, analytical, and creative thinking skills that will help you in any field?  Look no farther!  English is an ideal major whether you seek to go to law school, business school, or medical school or intend to work in technology, marketing, or sales or are interested in journalism, science writing, publishing, editing, or teaching.  The possibilities are truly endless.  Listed below is a small sample of careers you can pursue with an English degree:

  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Business and Consulting
  • Civil Service or Government
  • Education (elementary, secondary, or college teaching, advising, etc.)
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems and Librarianship
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Publishing (editorial, production, content management, sales, etc.)
  • Television/Film/Digital Media
  • Writing and Editing (copywriting, online content, magazines, etc.)

More Than a Degree

By taking courses that are at once stimulating and practical, English majors and minors develop skills, perspectives, and knowledge for a lifetime. In particular, you will:

  • Develop knowledge of British, American, and Anglophone literatures and cultures; creative writing; linguistics and the history of the English language; and rhetoric and composition.
  • Develop skills in textual analysis and interpretation, written and verbal communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
  • Hone your ability to conduct research; to evaluate, synthesize, and present information; to work with others; and to understand and engage with diverse points of view.
  • Study with and be mentored by award-winning faculty.

English in the News

Still not convinced?  Check out these articles, websites, videos, and resources on the value of English and the humanities more generally:

Where Are They Now? 

See where English majors have gone after graduating from Marquette: