Why Major in English?


An English major prepares you for a wide variety of professions, ranging from law to education, from medicine to business, and practically everything in between. Listed below are just a few career fields you can pursue with an English degree from Marquette.

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

More than a degree

Through an exciting array of courses in literature, writing, linguistics, and cultural studies, English majors and minors develop skills, perspectives, and knowledge for a lifetime.

Develop Knowledge

Develop Knowledge of:

  • Diverse Literatures
  • Language, Rhetoric, Logic
  • History and Culture

Develop Skills

Develop Skills in:

  • Textual Analysis and Interpretation

  • Critical Reasoning

  • Problem Solving

  • Researching/Evaluating Information

  • Written and Spoken Communication

  • Creative Writing

Study with Award-Winning Faculty

Our 26 full-time faculty members have won:

  • National Book Awards

  • University Teaching Awards

  • College Advising Awards

  • Student Group Teaching Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellowships

  • Fulbright Fellowships

  • NEH, ACLS, & FIPSE Grants 

Where are they now? 

See where graduates of our B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs have gone following their academic careers at Marquette:

Learn More

Learn more about what you can do with a major in English.