English Majors / Careers

Graduates from the Department of Languages and Literature are highly attractive to employers and graduate schools. Knowing how to communicate, especially in a foreign language, is valuable in every field and in our global marketplace.

Career options, with links to job outlooks, include:

  • Interpreters
  • Advertising copyeditors
  • Editors of books and other publications
  • Marketing associates
  • Screenwriters
  • Lawyers
  • Journalists
  • Congressional aides
  • Managers
  • Web developers
  • Technical reporter (quality assurance and compliance regulations)
  • Teachers
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Critic
  • Public relations manager/specialist
  • Etc, etc, etc. With good communication skills, an English major can go anywhere.

For more ideas about what you can do with an English major or minor, visit the Nicholls Career ServicesWhat Can I do with this Major?” page.

Top 10 Reasons to become an English Major

Here are the advantages of pursuing a degree or minor from the Department of Languages and Literature:

  • Take special interest courses like sports literature, Harry Potter, Irish and/or Gothic Literature, Banned Books, and many more.  These courses are offered at the 200 level to attract students from across the curriculums.
  • Learn in small classes all taught by faculty holding the M.A., M.F.A., or the Ph.D. — no teaching assistants and no mega-sections.
  • Study abroad in English, French, and Spanish.
  • Increase your marketability with communication skills and / or a second language.
  • Be mentored by faculty who understand that advising is not just scheduling.
  • Take courses on the web, in computer classrooms, or in regular lecture classrooms.
  • Get a strong background in traditional English, American, and World Literature.
  • Study under two writers in residence and several distinguished faculty.
  • Connect with people across barriers of language, culture, and history.
  • Become a valuable asset in a global economy.

And don’t forget to fill out your 4-year Career Plan from Nicholls Career Services.