Division of Arts & Sciences

Careers in English

Description of the Field

English is…

English courses help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Students examine the ways people compose their ideas clearly through writing and other forms of communication. By scrutinizing the subtleties and complexities of language and life, courses in English are designed to develop writers who are creative, insightful, and persuasive. Most English instructors are approachable and have created curriculums that promote and foster individualized attention and in-depth discussion.

People with English degrees…

…have a wide range of career choices. Their ability to compose concise and clear language allows English students to prepare for careers in many fields, including business, government, research, education, and publishing. Entertainment and communication industries are also full of English majors. Emphasis on writing and research often leads English majors to careers as editors, journalists, reporters, writing teachers, librarians, and professional writers. Graduates in English also frequently continue their education by pursuing master’s, doctoral, or law degrees.

Sample Careers in English (links to O*Net Online)

Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Library Technicians
Reporters and Correspondents
Technical Writers
Copy Writers
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
Interpreters and Translators
Desktop Publishers
Proofreaders and Copy Markers

Other Online Resources

American Copy Editors Society
American Library Association
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
Society of Professional Journalists

English at Columbus State

Coursework in English is offered by the Department of English. Please visit their site for information about their pre-major programs, course offerings, and faculty.