One of the most important skills one can derive from college is the ability to think and read critically. Facts or specific skills are fairly easily mastered. The ability, however, to organize a diverse collection of facts and ideas in thoughtful, creative, and beneficial ways is a rare skill.
Add to that the ability to clearly communicate a creative and thoughtful synthesis of ideas to a diverse audience, and you have an English graduate who is ready to take on the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Focused on such skills, an English degree (or a double major in English) is the perfect foundation for any number of professional schools and professions: law school, public relations, journalism, business, diplomacy, information/library science, publishing, graduate studies in teaching, advertising, and sales.
Recent graduates have:
- attended law school
- earned MAs in literature
- landed jobs in libraries, in banks (and other businesses), in student life (at the collegiate level), grant writing, and editing
You might also consider reading, Tim Lemire’s I’m an English Major–Now What? or Julie DeGalan’s Great Jobs for English Majors.