Career and Leadership Development


The study of English language and literature offers a general education as well as skills in communication, critical thinking, and analysis, which are essential for most careers. English may prepare a person to work in communications, public relations, government and public service, sales, publishing, journalism, advertising, and business. It is an excellent background for teaching, and it can be coordinated with a program for teacher certification for K-12 or lead to graduate school for higher education. It is also an appropriate background for those considering law or business school. Additionally, the department offers a minor in teaching English as a Second Language, which can open exciting career options both here and abroad.

Emphases within the major:

English (BA/BS)
English Education (BSE)
English Writing (BA/BS)
English Writing Education (BSE)
Professional Writing and Editing (BA/BS)

Major skills acquired:

Adapting Ideas
Analysis and Interpretation of Written Works
Comparing and Summarizing
Critical Thinking
Influencing and Persuading
Multicultural Understanding
Research Skills
Sizing Up an Audience
Technical and Creative Writing

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education. Business Publications
Copywriter (131.067-026)
Critic (131.067-018)
Editor (132.067.014)
Freelance Writer (131.067-046)
Legislative Press Representative (131.267-026)
Proofreader (209.387-030)
Public Relations Writer
Reporter (131.267-018)
Script Writer (131.067-050)
Teaching - Elementary & Secondary (092.227010)
Technical Writer (131.267-026)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Aid Association for Lutherans - Appleton, WI
Appleton School District - Appleton, WI
Beloit School District - Beloit, WI
Best Buy - Janesville, WI
Bookworm - Chindu, China
Cygnus Publishing - Fort Atkinson, WI
Daily Register Newspaper - Portage, WI
Data Track Corp. - Milwaukee, WI
Dealer's Inc. - Waukesha, WI
DM Review Interactive - Brookfield, WI
EDS Corp. - Madison, WI
Entertainment Publications - Milwaukee, WI
First Insurance Services - Tomah, WI
Froedert Memorial Hospital - Milwaukee, WI
Golden Eye Surgery - Janesville, WI
Harambee Community School - Kalamazoo, MI
Kenosha School District - Kenosha, WI
Lands' End - Dodgeville, WI
Levy County School District - Bronson, FL
Madison School District - Madison, WI
Mauston Area High School - Mauston, WI
Meg Tec - De Pere, WI
Milton Courier - Milton, WI
Milton School District - Milton, WI
Milwaukee Public Schools - Milwaukee, WI
Monona Shores Apartments - Madison, WI
New Holstein School District - New Holstein - WI
Palmyra School District - Palmyra, WI
Pier 1 Imports - Janesville, WI
Professional Marketing Services - Milwaukee, WI
Random Lake High School - Random Lake, WI
RM O'Donnell & Co. - Neenah, WI
RNC Mortgage - Vernon Hills, IL
School District of Independence - Independence, WI
Sears - Skokie, IL
State of WI, Bureau of Health - Madison, WI
State of WI, Human Relations - Janesville, WI
Stevens Point Journal - Stevens Point, WI
Union Grove Union School - Union Grove, WI
Walt Disney World - Orlando, FL
Waterford School District - Waterford, WI
Wauconda Middle School - Wauconda, IL
Waukesha School District - Waukesha, WI
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Historical Society - Madison, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Marquette Law School - Milwaukee, WI
University of Montana - Missoula, MT
University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Department of Languages and Literatures
Departmental Office, Heide, Room 402
Phone: 262-472-5050

American Business Communication Association
100 English Building
608 South Wright Street
Washington, DC 20005

American Society for Magazine Editors
525 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Society for Technical Communication, Inc.
815 15th Street, SW, Suite 506
Urbana, IL 61801