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English, the most widely spoken language in the world, is also one of the most difficult to master. English majors at Longwood share a variety of interests and ideas about their futures as graduates. Longwood's English department prides itself on the study of literature, speech and writing, the origin of the English language, and reading comprehensive skills. English majors learn to analyze the speaking and writing skills of others as well as themselves. English majors are also adept at adapting to the needs and desires of various audiences, an important facet in the working world. With an English degree, numerous opportunities exist for majors in the working world from writing to teaching.

Gustave Flaubert- "Read in order to live."

Career Fields associated with English Majors:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Humorist
  • Copy Editor
  • Advertising Worker
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Public Relations Director
  • Announcer (radio, TV)
  • Journalist Publisher
  • Archivist
  • Lawyer
  • Reading Specialist Consultant
  • Author
  • Lexicographer
  • Receptionist
  • Bibliographer
  • Librarian Researcher
  • Biographer
  • Library Technical Assistant Reporter
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Linguist
  • Secretary
  • Columnist
  • Lobbyist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Court Reporter
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Speech Writer
  • Disc Jockey
  • Media Specialist
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Narrator
  • Educator
  • Paralegal Assistant
  • Freelance Writer
  • Playwright

Related Skills:

  • High proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain research results
  • For designers: familiarity with technology and its effects
  • Aptitude to read analytically
  • Capacity to work well under pressure
  • Ability to make critical observations and appropriate decisions
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time

Personal attributes associated with English:

  • Intellectual growth
  • Independence
  • Creativity
  • Self-discipline
  • Integrity
  • Imagination
  • Willingness to work toward a deadline
  • Fondness for writing or speaking
  • Tact

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For more information on any of these career options, please visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.