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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 2014  

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 2014

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 89 percent of the Class of 2014 responded to the survey.

Here's a snapshot of where our 2014 English majors were hired or went on to graduate school:

Companies

American Federation of Teachers - Organizer
Assumption University of Thailand - Teacher
Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound - Assistant Instructor 
BmoreFit - Grant Writer 
Cedar Grove Public Schools - English Teacher
Cristo Ray Jesuit College Preparatory, Volunteer Service Corps - Teacher 
Guggenheim Museum - Temporary E-Commerce Assistant
Hingham Public Schools - Fourth Grade Teacher
Kennedy Krieger Institute - Assistant Teacher
KNOM Radio Mission - Programming Director, Reporter
Loch Raven Technical Academy - English Teacher
Mariposa Child Success Programs - Assistant Teacher
Montfort College - ESL Teacher 
NPR and WBUR's Here & Now/ Scripps Networks Interactive - Digital Intern/Programming and Development Intern, Food Network & Cooking Channel
NYC Department of Education - Teacher
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel High School - STAR Program Coordinator 
Oyster.com - Freelance Writer and Photographer
San Diego Youth Services, Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Volunteer
Teach For America - Teacher
The Barnes Foundation - Call Center Assistant
Xavier High School - Admissions Counselor

Graduate/Professional Schools

Loyola University Maryland - Master of Arts in Teaching (3)
St. John's University - Secondary Education, English
St. John's University of Law - J.D.
University of Notre Dame - Ph.D.

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