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What You Were Afraid To Ask About Becoming An English Major

Updated on March 7, 2016

Don't Be Afraid. Just Raise Your Hand.

It usually starts with "What are you going to do with that? Be a teacher?". Most English majors and aspiring English majors have gotten this question more times than they can count. That isn't to say that teaching isn't an incredibly rewarding and important career choice but since when was it not okay to say "Yeah, I actually don't know. I just like to read and write."?

A question that seems to come up regularly is "What are you going to do with an English degree?" and I am here to tell you, fellow English folks, that the question is not "What ARE you going to do?" but "What are you NOT going to do?". I know that may seem confusing for some, but when it comes to the opportunities that English majors have, trust me the prospects are not as gloomy as everyone wants you to believe.

In this series, I will be talking about the English degree and all of its advantages and disadvantages after a Bachelors. Everything from course requirements to the fashion stereotypes to the career paths that you will be prepared for upon graduation from a four year program.

I'm about to give you something to look forward to. A Bachelors degree in English can make you as much money as you want or need. Now that that is out of the way let me explain why.

1.) The Bachelors in English consists of a lot of reading, writing, communicating, analyzing and critical thinking. These traits are all and more of what every industry looks for in a potential job candidate. Count yourself prepared for Writing, Editing, Public Relations, Marketing, Law, Creative Director, Nonprofit Business, Theatre, University, Government,and so many more.

2.) The English Degree will present you with the freedom to intern and gain experiences in any industry you desire, all the while reading and writing to your heart's content! Intern at a Magazine or intern at a Television Network!

3.) Even English degrees can get you into the medical field. Yep, that's right. English is a great undergraduate degree for future Doctors.

4.) Many professors within an English Program will offer advice on publishing and getting your work out there! Publish those stories you've been working on!

5.) If you like film, literature, art history, politics, architecture, anthropology, psychology, medicine, law or business, you will learn about all of these topics in your literature classes.

So to end this segment, I will say that the next time a friend or family member or stranger watching you read, comments on your decision to be an English major, feel free to respond with, "I can be anything I want to be."


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