English is a major branch of the language arts, and the study of English compliments a wide variety of occupations, both in the academic and the business world. A solid grasp of our language, whether spoken or written, is considered basic to American society and reflects a person's level of educational achievement.
As the largest division of the College of Arts and Sciences, UM's English program offers students six options or areas of emphasis: literature, creative writing, film studies, Irish studies, linguistics, teaching English as a Second Language and English teaching in secondary educational institutions. English teachers receive a BA in English literature and are certified to teach students at the middle school and high schools level. Creative writing offers a degree with emphasis in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction writing. Students in the literature option study different genres, eras, and theories of literature. Students in linguistics and teaching English as a second language learn about the essence of language and language acquisition, preparing them for advanced study in linguistics and teaching abroad. Finally, film studies allows students to study film as text and learn about the history, theory and production of this medium. All options focus heavily on writing and analysis, making the English BA a particularly good choice for students wishing to advance to graduate schools.
Commercial businesses recruit English majors because they develop a broad-based understanding of social, cultural and literary perspectives, as well as an accomplishment in critical thinking -- the ability to read a body of work, critically evaluate the body of work, and articulate an audience appropriate response to it. These skills are highly valued in the job market.
Private and Non-Profit Organizations
Internet Marketing Firms
Marketing and Research Firms
Public Relations Firms
Public and Private Middle or High Schools
Consumer Affairs Office
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of State
Division of Youth & Family Services
National Institutes of Health
Small Business Admin.
Travel and Tourism Dept.
- Authors Guild
- Modern Language Association
- Academy for Educational Development
- American Council of Learned Societies
- Association for Language Learning
- American Society for Indexing
- Society for Technical Communication
- Directory of Investigative Journalists
- Public Relations Society of America
- American Library Association
- American Association of Advertising Agencies
- The Association for Women in Communications
For additional career information, see the Occupational Outlook Handbook