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Academic Information: -  [Back to Top]

Career Information  -  [Back to Top]

Possible Job Titles  -  [Back to Top]

Typical Places of Employment  -  [Back to Top]

  • Advertising departments &firms
  • Libraries
  • Business corporations
  • Literary periodicals
  • Colleges & schools
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Department stores
  • Political action groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Public relations firms
  • Film companies
  • Publishing companies
  • Research & Development firms
  • Radio/TV stations
  • Education Department
  • Travel agencies
  • Government Printing Office
  • Library of Congress

Required Skills and Abilities -  [Back to Top]

  • Composing, writing
  • Enlightening, guiding
  • Working independently
  • Helping
  • Acting, performing
  • Selecting and training
  • Decorating, designing
  • Informing, organizing
  • Teaching, explaining
  • Solving problems
  • Leading discussions
  • Creative thinking

Alumni Resources  -  [Back to Top]

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Elizabeth Coccia- Metuchen NJ 08840- University of Medicine and Health Sciences -Associate Director of Enrollment Management  
-Simon Drew- St. Louis MO 63109- Kirkwood School District -English teacher/professor
-Byron Hughes- Blacksburg VA 24062- Virginia Tech -Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
-Dianna Leonard- Silver Spring MD 20905- University of Maryland University- College Graduate Advisor
-David Lybarger -Bloxom VA 23308 -Lockheed Martin  -Project Management and Planning Operations Representative, Sr.
-Erin Marks -Davis WV 26260- Tucker County Board of Education- 10th Grade ELA teacher
-Terri Morris -Pittsville MD - Enterprise Holdings, Inc. -Talent Acquisition Manager  

Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - [Back to Top]

What can you do with an English Degree-from CNN

Careers in Journalism

Careers in Editing

Careers in Technical Writing

Careers in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Careers in Writing and other English Pursuits

Graduate School In English-Helpful Sites

Interesting facts: Famous English Majors

Compiled by Mississippi State University English Department

As might be expected, a large number of writers hold degrees in English. The list includes:

Douglas Adams: SciFi writer; wrote "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series; Dirk Gently series

Gwendolyn Brooks: poems include "We Real Cool"

Tom Clancy: suspense writer; "Clear and Present Danger "

Allen Ginsberg: Beat Generation poet; poems include "Howl "

Joseph Heller: author of "Catch-22"

David Henry Hwang: author of "Madame Butterfly"

Stephen King: extraordinarily successful and prolific author of horror fiction; writings range from "Carrie" through "The Green Mile" and "The Stand" to the short story on which the movie "Stand by Me" is based

Bobbie Ann Mason: short story writer; collections include Shiloh

Arthur Miller: playwright most noted for "Death of a Salesman" and "The Crucible"

Toni Morrison: author of "Beloved"

Joyce Carol Oates: prolific author

Philip Roth: esteemed Jewish author

Amy Tan: author of "The Joy Luck Club"

John Updike: most noted for the "Rabbit" books, from "Run, Rabbit, Run" to "Rabbit at Rest"

Then there are those English majors who have made non-traditional use of their degrees, including:

Russell Baker--journalist

Dave Barry--humorist writer, actor

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason--television writer/producer (Designing Women, Evening Shade)

Carol Browner--former Head of the Environmental Protection Agency

Chevy Chase--comedian, actor, writer

Mario Cuomo--former Governor of New York

John Cuzack -- actor

David Duchovny -- actor

Michael Eisner--Walt Disney CEO (former)

Jodie Foster--actor, filmmaker

Kathryn Fuller--World Wildlife Fund CEO

Cathy Guisewite--cartoonist (Cathy)

Tommy Lee Jones -- actor

Kris Kristofferson -- songwriter, actor

Paul Newman--actor, food entrepreneur

Joe Paterno--football coach (Penn State University)

Sally Ride--astronaut

Joan Rivers--comedienne

Diane Sawyer--broadcast journalist

Herb Scannell -- President, Nickolodeon Networks, MTV Networks Group President

Paul Simon--songwriter, singer

Steven Spielberg--filmmaker

Marty Schottenheimer--Coach of San Diego Chargers

Christopher Reeve--late actor, activist for the disabled

Clarence Thomas--U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Emma Thompson -- actor

Grant Tinker--TV Executive and Producer

Harold Varmus--Nobel laureate in medicine, former Director of National Institutes of Health

Barbara Walters--broadcast journalist

Sigourney Weaver--actress

Pete Wilson--former Governor of California

Bob Woodward--journalist, wrote All the President's Men

Renee Zellweger -- actress

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