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WHAT CAN AN ENGLISH MAJOR DO FOR YOU?
For one thing, the close study of literature trains students to think critically and communicate effectively. English majors analyze texts — poems, stories, novels, essays, and other literary works — and find new ways to understand them. This analytic skill can be applied practically on the job, as can the superior writing skills that English majors are famous for. Many English majors also possess creative, flexible minds that can offer fresh approaches to situations in several workplaces.
English majors tend to be more passionate about their education than students in more vocationally oriented degree programs. An English degree signals to employers that a job candidate cares about more than just money. It signals one’s appreciation for the aesthetic value of literature as an expression of our humanity — in a way that a business degree, for example, cannot. Companies value English graduates for all of these traits, so a B.A. in English can easily lead to a professional career in several fields.
(The English Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield)
WHY MAJOR IN ENGLISH?
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CAREER INFORMATION FOR ENGLISH MAJORS
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