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A Degree in English: Let Me Count The Words

Updated on August 6, 2017
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Veronica is a blogger, performer and writer. She obtained Bachelors of Art in Art History with a minor in Dramatic Arts.

A Degree for a Book and Word Lovers

If you are bibliophiles or book lovers, this would be the perfect degree for you.
If you are bibliophiles or book lovers, this would be the perfect degree for you. | Source

So Many Words...So Little Time

Whenever you think of someone with an English degree, what job do you think that person might have? An English teacher? An English professor? An author? A novelist? A journalist? Well, the careers I just mentioned are some of the options there are with a degree in English. Choices can vary from business to publishing. Since you are or going to be in English major, there some things that you will have to prepare for during your undergrad years.

First, you would have to do a lot was reading. This is the perfect degree for bibliophiles or book lovers. You would be reading novels, plays, poetry, short stories, and textbooks that are in the English language by English speaking authors. Second, you would be doing a lot of writing assignments and research papers. That is very obvious in you are an English major. Spelling and proper grammar is an absolute must. Third, you would by studying many English speaking writers and their various works. Those writers could consist of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Angelou, Hughes, etc. Finally, you would earning to think critically and logically. Especially you would be doing a lot of reading and writing. Not only you will learn about the English language but not would about the anglophone or English-speaking world in general.

After graduation from college/university, some might want to attend graduate school. If that is want you want to do, you must certain requirements. First must meet certain GPA requirements during your undergrad years. Second, you must a part of the English language that you would like to study. That means you got to be a bit more specific with your specialty in graduate school. For example, There is writing, communications, rhetoric, literature, education, criticism, linguistics, composition, library and information science.By the way, don't forget that graduate school application must have correct spelling and grammar. A master degree, doctoral degree or a Ph.D is a must if you want teach the English language in a college level.

Engish Language Facts

Believe it or not! The English language has the third largest number native speakers in the entire world. Six of these countries that have a large population of native speakers include Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. That means that English is a global language since so many countries have English. Because of this the English language comes in various varieties. Each variety has their own accent, dialect and word meaning. For example, in British English, the word "biscuit" means "cookie."

More Than Working With Words

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There educators that  teach the English language as a foreign language or as a language art. There are some educators who do not teach in a classroom but in the digital world as well.English is one of the most common college majors for some who wants a careers as a lobbyist.News reporters not only write stories but also analyze, collect, gather, and verify information as well.In the technology field, there will be a need of documents to help understand how to use certain technology. Technical writers or technical communicators are the people for the job.With the rise of socia media, someone needs to manage it all. Duties in this job includes analyze results, interact with followers, plan strategy changes, and schedule posts.If you want a career in law, a major in English can teach you to communicate, debate, analyze many ideas.A speech therapist works with children and adults. They diagnose and treat speech disorders.
There educators that  teach the English language as a foreign language or as a language art. There are some educators who do not teach in a classroom but in the digital world as well.
There educators that teach the English language as a foreign language or as a language art. There are some educators who do not teach in a classroom but in the digital world as well. | Source
English is one of the most common college majors for some who wants a careers as a lobbyist.
English is one of the most common college majors for some who wants a careers as a lobbyist. | Source
News reporters not only write stories but also analyze, collect, gather, and verify information as well.
News reporters not only write stories but also analyze, collect, gather, and verify information as well. | Source
In the technology field, there will be a need of documents to help understand how to use certain technology. Technical writers or technical communicators are the people for the job.
In the technology field, there will be a need of documents to help understand how to use certain technology. Technical writers or technical communicators are the people for the job. | Source
With the rise of socia media, someone needs to manage it all. Duties in this job includes analyze results, interact with followers, plan strategy changes, and schedule posts.
With the rise of socia media, someone needs to manage it all. Duties in this job includes analyze results, interact with followers, plan strategy changes, and schedule posts. | Source
If you want a career in law, a major in English can teach you to communicate, debate, analyze many ideas.
If you want a career in law, a major in English can teach you to communicate, debate, analyze many ideas. | Source
A speech therapist works with children and adults. They diagnose and treat speech disorders.
A speech therapist works with children and adults. They diagnose and treat speech disorders. | Source

More Than Working With Words

Business: Acuistions, entrepreneur, executive, finance human resources, freelancer, insurance, management, marketing, sales, social media, stragerist, stock broker

Education: Admistration,curator, librarian, researcher, professor, teacher, tutor

Government: Aide, analyst, international affairs, investor relations, lobbyist, officer, politician

Law: Attorney, lawyer, paralegal

Media: advertising, author, blogger, broadcasting, circulation, creative, copywriter, development, editor, journalist, producer publish relations, publishing, reporter, social media manager, writer

Medicine: Science writer, speech therapist, mental health

Services: Clergy. counseling, non-profit, pubic information officier, social worker

Technology: IT, search engine optimization, technical writer

Famous English Majors

  1. Diane Sawyer-Wellesley College
  2. Alan Alda-Fordham College
  3. Chevy Chase
  4. Joan Cusack-University of Wisconsin In Madison
  5. Jodie Foster-Yale University
  6. Tommy Lee Jones-Harvard University
  7. Stephen King-University of Maine
  8. Paul Newman-Kenyon College
  9. Christopher Nolan-University College London
  10. Conan O'Brien-Harvard University
  11. Sally Ride-Stanford University
  12. Joan Rivers-Bernard College
  13. Fred Savage-Stanford College
  14. John Legend-University of Pennsylvania

English Grammar Terms

The following terms discusses the grammar of the English language.

  1. Adjective: a word or phrase that describes a noun
  2. Adverb:
  3. Compounds:
  4. Conjunctions:
  5. Noun: a person, place or thing
  6. Prefix: placed before a word stem
  7. Preposition: a word that combines with a noun or pronoun
  8. Plural: denotes more than one
  9. Pronoun: a word that replaces a noun or noun phase
  10. Verb: a word to describe an action

English Literature Terms

The following terms discusses the literature of the English language.

  1. Accent
  2. Antagonist
  3. Antonym:
  4. Autobiography:
  5. Ballard:
  6. Bibliography:
  7. Biography:
  8. Climax:
  9. Personification:


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