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What Can I Do With A Major In...English Language & Literature

www.sc.edu/career

Last update: July 24, 2009


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eng·lish

  • The Germanic language of the British Isles

  • English language, composition, and literature as offered as a course of study in school*

    * "english." Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 24 Jul. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/english>.


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lit·er·a·ture

A body of written works. The name has traditionally been applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the perceived aesthetic excellence of their execution. Literature may be classified according to a variety of systems, including language, national origin, historical period, genre, and subject matter.*

* literature. © Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.. Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/literature (accessed: July 27, 2009).


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English majors are

  • Analytical and critical thinkers

  • Intense examiners of language and literature

  • Excellent interpreters of written ideas

  • Culturally and historically aware

  • Well-versed in various writing and literature styles

  • Clear communicators of their ideas in both writing and speech

    ...and more


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Specializations

  • Writing, Editing, and Publishing

  • Technical Writing

  • Education

  • Advertising and Public Relations

  • Business Administration and Management


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1. Writing, Editing, & Publishing

  • An area focusing on creativity, the precise use of language, and details. Further specialization may lead to writing your own works of fact of fantasy, proofing the quality and style of someone else’s writing, or managing the logistical and business side of print media.

  • Prepares one to be a writer or detail oriented business manager within the world of print.


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2. Technical Writing

  • An area focusing on the production of printed materials related to consumer goods and services. Requires the writer to use creativity along with detail specific language and an understanding of sociology and technology.

  • Prepares one to write and develop printed materials for use with consumer goods and services as well as the sciences.


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3. Education

  • Prepares professionals to educate students. The level of teaching varies with specialization and certification but can include general studies with pre-school through elementary school age children or concentrated language, literature, and composition instruction with middle and high school age students. Teaching at the college level requires an advanced degree.


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4. Advertising & Public Relations

  • Advertising is centered around the marketing and promotion of products to consumers. Professionals study the effects of social and market trends effect sales and the image of a product.

  • Public relations deals with the building and maintain of relationships among different parties which can be used to bolster business or image.


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5. Business Administration & Management

  • An area where the language, literature, research, synthesis, and critical thinking skills of an English degree can be extracted for use in business settings with a need for writers, researchers, and critical thinkers capable of developing business strategies.

  • Prepares one for work in a variety of areas including the financial, marketing, sales, and real estate sectors.


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English Language & Literature at theUniversityofSouth Carolina

Undergraduate Options

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Majors:English

  • general major: broad knowledge of literature and composition

  • intensive major: tailored to those planning to pursue graduate study in English and/or American Literature

  • writing concentration: places special emphasis on advanced composition

    Minors: English


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English Language & Literature at theUniversityofSouth Carolina

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts (MA) in English

    Offers an emphasis in English and American Literature or Composition and Rhetoric.

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

    Prepares and certifies students for teaching in public high schools.

  • Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (IMA)

    For students who have already earned a teaching certificate.


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English Language & Literature at theUniversityofSouth Carolina

Graduate Degrees (continued)

  • Master of Arts (MA) in English & Master of Library & Information Sciences (MLIS) (Joint Degree)

  • Master of Arts (MA) in English & Master of Science (MS) in Business Administration (Joint Degree)

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

    specializations: poetry, fiction, writing for the media.

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English,

    emphasisin: Composition and Rhetoric, English & American Literature


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Writing creatively and concisely

Creating persuasive messages

Using precise language

Assessing an audience

Presenting specific viewpoints

Drafting documents

Defining problems

Establishing hypotheses

Gathering information and research

Using original sources

Interpreting data

Summarizing and presenting information

English majors develop skills in


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Thinking independently

Reading critically

Understanding components of complex problems

Editing

Comparing and contrasting

Synthesizing themes

Summarizing ideas

Perceiving patterns and structures

Evaluating results

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Employment Settings

  • Business/Industry: Includes the financial, sales, real estate, construction, and manufacturing industries along with the writers of scientific journals and advertising campaigns.


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Account Executive

Advertising Copywriter

Communications Director

Credit Lender

City Manager

Financial Analyst

Insurance Agent

Investment Counselor

Literary Agent

Market Research Analyst

Operations Manager

Real Estate Broker

Sales Representative

Technical Writer

Underwriter

Sample Occupational Titles associated with Business/Industry


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Employment Settings continued

  • Communications: Includes the theater, movie, radio, television, and amusement park entertainment industries as well as popular press and Internet publications. Public/media relations professionals, editors, and publishers also work within this setting.


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Sample Occupational Titles associated with Communications

  • Author

  • Magazine Publisher

  • Copywriter

  • Editor

  • Information Abstractor

  • Journalist

  • Media Liaison

  • Programming Director

  • Public Relations Account Manager

  • Publicist

  • Radio Producer

  • Researcher

  • Screenwriter

  • Speech Writer

  • Television Reporter

  • Desktop Publisher


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Employment Settings continued

  • Education: Includes primary and secondary teachers, librarians, admissions representatives, audio-visual specialists, and some aspects of the publishing industry.


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Admissions Representative

Curriculum Writer

Drama Instructor

Educational Administrator

English as a Second Language Teacher

Librarian

Performance Coach

Pre-School Teacher

Primary Teacher

Program Specialist

Special Education Instructor

Text Author

Training Specialist

Tutor

Sample Occupational Titles associated with Education


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Employment Settings continued

  • Government/Nonprofit: Includes speech writers, researchers, legislative aides, campaign managers, policy writers, and press secretaries working in local, state, and national levels of government. This work setting also includes paralegals, social workers, grant writers, and marketing directors.


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City Manager

Elected Official

Fundraising Coordinator

Human Services Director

Legislative Aide

Lobbyist

Media Relations Liaison

Grant Writer

Paralegal

Program Administrator

Policy Analyst

Social Welfare Examiner

Social Worker

Speech Writer

Sample Occupational Titles associated with Government/Nonprofit


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Distribution of employed persons with a bachelor’s degree in English, by sector

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.


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TOP 10 occupations that employ persons with only a bachelor’s degree in English

1 Broadcasters, writers, public relations specialists

2 Top and mid-level managers, executives, administrators

3 Teachers, secondary

4 Insurance, securities, real estate, business services

5 Receptionists, typists

6 Sales (including retail)

7 Other management related occupations

8 Other administrative occupations (ie. record clerk)

9 Teachers, elementary

10 Other service occupations (except health)

Source: Fogg, N.P, Harrington, P.E. & Harrington, T.F, (2004). College Majors Handbook (2nd ed). Indianapolis, IN: Jist Publishing.


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Strategies for developing skills to get the job you want bachelor’s degree in English

  • Select a wide variety of electives

  • Write for on-campus publications

  • Develop speaking and debating skills

  • Write and edit reports

  • Take basic science and computer courses

  • Gain knowledge about technical areas and trends

  • Minor in business or other secondary areas of interest

  • Volunteer at the local newspaper or television station


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  • Develop typing or work processing skills

  • Develop typing/word process skills

  • Obtain a solid statistics background for research

  • Intern or co-op in the marketing, advertising, or publishing

  • Create a writing portfolio showing originality and variety of style

  • Gain knowledge of various media, contemporary tastes and trends

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and persistence


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Books and Web Resources bachelor’s degree in English

Books

Great jobs for English majors – Julie DeGalan

Careers in business – by Lila B. Stair

Web Resources

National Employment Bulletin – http://www.graduatejobs.com/


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Resources for more information bachelor’s degree in English

USC’s Department of English

http://www.cas.sc.edu/engl/

USC’s Career Center

http://www.sc.edu/career/

Related Websites

http://www.sc.edu/career/la/llc.html

College of Arts and Sciences Career Development Program

www.sc.edu/career/cascdp/


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Career Center Contact Information bachelor’s degree in English

Alicia Bervine

Liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Nursing, and Office of Pre-Professional Advising

University of South Carolina Career Center

6th Floor, H. William Close Building (BA Building)

Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-3972

Email: [email protected]

On-call counseling without an appointment:

M - F, 1:00 am - 4:00 pm

(Summer and holiday hours may differ, please check the website at www.sc/edu/career)


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