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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by English majors   
Where they got hired: English, Class of 2012 

Overview of major

The English major introduces students to a wide variety of literature written by men and women, past and present. It trains you to read accurately and imaginatively, to write clearly and forcefully, and to enjoy the potential for creative play afforded by rich and complex language. Graduates have pursued careers in journalism, business, library science, education, and technical writing, as well as within business and law.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • English Teacher (K-12)
  • Reporter
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Proofreader
  • Assistant Editor
  • Communications Editor
  • Publications Editor
  • Underwriting Assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Librarian
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Admission Counselor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Campus Minister
  • Freelance Writer
  • Scholarship Associate

Examples of internships

  • Comcast
  • Milby Associates, Inc.
  • Girls’ Life Magazine
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine
  • Agora Publishing, Inc.
  • Virgin & Capitol
  • Baltimore County Public Schools
  • The Travel Channel
  • MediaCom
  • Lansdowne Middle School
  • Group Designs
  • Baltimore City Public Defender
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Mercy High School
  • Martin-Lauer Associates LLC
  • The Rosen Group, NICHE Magazine

Possible career fields

Writing/Editing

  • Creative writing
  • Journalism
  • Freelance
  • Technical writing

Education 

Publishing

  • Editing
  • Advertising
  • Sales
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Publicity

Advertising

  • Creative
  • Media
  • Research

Public relations

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Media

Law 

Business/Industry

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Insurance

Possible work settings

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Private schools
  • Trade magazines
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Banks
  • Real estate agencies
  • Insurance firms
  • Bookstores
  • Colleges & universities
  • Private learning center

Important skills and abilities

  • Speaking & debating
  • Computer
  • Deadline oriented
  • Initiative
  • Word processing & editing
  • Persistence
  • Assertiveness
  • Research
  • Public speaking
  • Analytical
  • Creative
  • Attention to detail
  • Work well under pressure

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Careers for Book Worms (EN/WR Category)
  • Careers in Writing (EN/WR Category)
  • Great Jobs for English Majors (EN/WR Category)
  • Opportunities in Publishing Careers (EN/WR Section)
  • Money Making Writing Jobs (EN/WR Section)
  • Opportunities in Journalism Careers (EN/WR Section)
  • Career Opportunities in The Publishing Industry (COM Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (Grad Section)

Sample graduate programs pursued by English majors

  • PhD, Comparative Literature
  • MA/MEd/PhD, Education or Educational Administration
  • JD
  • MA, English, Library Science or Journalism
  • Master of Psychology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • MFA, Creative Writing
  • School Psychology
  • MA, Bookmaking
  • MA, Professional Writing
  • MA/PhD, Literature

Where they got hired: English, Class of 2012

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 80 percent of the Class of 2012 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2012 English majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

Agora Financial Publishing – marketing associate
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Crofton Middle School – language arts teacher
Assumption University of Thailand – assistant lecturer
Baltimore County Public Schools: Hereford Middle School – teacher
Bankers Life and Casualty – licensed insurance agent
Business Volunteers Unlimited Maryland – program coordinator
Crazy Man Restaurant Group – social media coordinator
Cristo Rey Boston Volunteers – service volunteer
Greenspring Associates – executive assistant
Immaculate Conception High School – English teacher
Jesuit Volunteer Corps International – high school teacher
Oklahoma School District – special education (T.F.A.)
R.T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. – international sales representative
Shakespearience Productions, Inc. – associate director of marketing & operations
SLP Language School – English teacher
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore – administrative assistant
The Bravo Group – account coordinator
Travis Manion Foundation – administrative coordinator

Graduate/Professional Schools

Loyola University Maryland – M.A., Curriculum and Instruction; Master of Arts in Teaching
The Catholic University of America – Ph.D., English Literature

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