What Can I Do With a Major In English?

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Explore this Major

Learn about a major in English. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and English majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include a strong ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, critical thinking & analysis, and the ability to analyze and solve problems.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "AIS" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below. 

 

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Communications & Media

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Editorial Intern, Greenspring Media
  • Corporate Communications Intern,  Land O'Lakes
  • Intern, ABC Radio
  • Development Intern, Graywolf Press
  • Intern, Redleaf Press
  • Creative Writing Intern, Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
  • Staff Writer, The Odyssey Online
  • Editorial Intern, Tiger Oak Media
  • Marketing and Social Media Intern, Free Arts Minnesota
  • Promotions Intern, Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
  • Digital Communications Intern, Limericks’ Gateway to Education
  • Editorial Intern, Redleaf Press
  • Writer, Borgen Project
  • Intern, University of Minnesota Press
  • Reporter Intern, ECM Publishers
  • Reporter Intern, Star Tribune

Entry-Level

  • Writer, Jesse Avant
  • Art Connection Grant Liaison, Free Arts Minnesota
  • Engagement Assistant, International Student & Scholar Services at the U of MN
  • Freelance Playwright, various venues
  • Freelance Writer, various publications
  • Reporter, Aberdeen American News

Experienced

  • Client Relationship Manager, Fast Horse
  • Editor, ABB
  • Director, Adobe Publishing
  • Writer, About.com
  • Writer, American Public Media
  • Writer, Aveda Corporation
  • Technical Writer, Beckman Coulter Inc.
  • Editor, Business Wire
  • Editor, Metro Magazine
  • Director, Media Productions
  • Account Executive, Star Tribune
  • Technical Writer, PTC/Windchill
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Marketing Intern, Anderson Tours

Entry-Level

  • Marketing Associate & Copywriter, Polaroid
  • Director of Marketing and E-Business, T-Chek Systems
  • Account Manager, Carmichael Lynch
  • Marketing and Advertising Coordinator, People's Center Health Services
  • Marketing Coordinator/Copywriter, Modern Survey
  • Executive Development Program, Macy’s
  • Executive Assistant, Alienus Inc
  • Business Development Representative, Sovos Compliance

Experienced

  • Analyst, 3M*
  • Human Resources Manager, Accenture*
  • Senior Vice President, American Express*
  • Manager, Barnes and Noble
  • Marketing Manager, Bloom Health*
  • Director of Global Marketing, C.H. Robinson*
  • Marketing Communications Manager, Grassroots Solutions
  • Marketing Services Manager, Brother International Corp
  • CEO, The Patient Source*
  • Project Manager, West Companies Inc
  • Analyst, UnitedHealth Group*
  • Training and Development Specialist, Target Corporation
  • Human Resources Trainer, Pepsi-Cola Co.
Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Party Affairs Intern, Minnesota DFL
  • Congressional Office Intern, Senator Harkin
  • Intern, Legal Rights Center
  • Legislative Intern, Office of U.S. Amy Klobuchar
  • Immigration Services Intern, The International Institute of Minnesota
  • Research and Marketing Associate, openGlobalRights

Entry-Level

  • Legal Assistant, Park Nicollet Health Services

Experienced

  • Public Service Director, City of Saint Paul*
  • Judge, U.S. District Court*
  • Lawyer, California Department of Justice*
  • Lawyer, Metropolitan Council*

Graduate Programs

  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs (MPA)
Education

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Entry-Level

  • Program Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts at the UMN
  • Branch Manager, St. Paul Public Library
  • Teaching Assistant, Normandale Community College

Experienced

  • English as a Second Language teacher, self-employed*
  • Teacher, Anoka Hennepin School District*
  • Professor, Bemidji State University*
  • Administrator, University of Missouri*
  • Assistant to Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Education, U of MN*
  • Librarian, Union College*
  • Teacher, Minnetonka School District*

Graduate Programs

  • MLIS from St. Catherine
  • MLIS from Univ of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • M.A., International and Comparative Education, UMN
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Grants Directory Intern, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
  • Inclusion and Community Engagement Intern, Minnesota History Center
  • Administrative Intern, Zenon Dance Company
  • Leadership Minor Intern, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Entertainment Media Intern, GLAAD
  • Youth & Community Programs Intern, Minnesota Center of Book Arts
  • Communications Intern, Domestic Abuse Project
  • Women's Human Rights Program Intern, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Marketing & Public Relations Intern, Children’s Theatre Company
  • Intern, Cornerstone Advocacy Services

Entry-Level

  • Community Volunteer, Peace Corps
  • Program Staff, YMCA
  • Program Assistant, Fraser

Experienced

  • Director of Communications & Engagement, Pollen
  • Communications Program Manager, the Bush Foundation
  • Director of Communication, Greater MSP
  • Director, Teach for America
  • Social Worker, St. Paul Public Schools*

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.