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Graduate Study and Careers for English Majors

As an English major you learn to read critically and write clearly, good preparation for law, media, and many other fields beyond the few listed here.

Graduate Studies
The major prepares you to enter M.A., M.F.A, and/ or PhD in programs in fields such as:

American Studies
Creative Writing
Cultural Studies
Comparative Literature
Linguistics
Rhetoric and Composition
Editing and Publishing

It also prepares you for graduate programs in:

Communications
Education
Law
Library and Information Science
Media Studies
Technical/ Professional Writing

Careers
While many English majors become teachers at all level, a degree in English can also lead to a variety of other careers (sometimes with further academic study). Below are just a few of the possibilities.

Business
Advertising
Marketing
Research
Grant Development
Public Relations
Human Resources

Writing, Editing/Publishing
Books
Corporate Newsletters and Reports
Magazines and Newspapers
Web Publishing
Technical Writing
Journalism

Government and Public Service
Campaign Communications
Lobbying
Policy Research

Consider choosing a minor or elective coursework that will complement your English major and provide additioanl skills and knowledge related to your career goals. Talk to your advisor, the English department chair, and/ or Eastern's Center for Internships and Career Development about the variety of career options open to English majors.