Careers for English Majors
The English major offers a strong foundation both for graduate and professional schools as well as for a number of careers, including those in law, publishing, writing, business, education, politics, the arts and medicine.
- Did you know that 60% of 652 U.S. born Chief Executive Officers and Heads of Product Engineering have degrees in the Humanities? Corporations that have benefited from CEOs with English majors include Disney, NBC, Avon, Xerox, and MTV.
- English majors have received Nobel Laureates, including Toni Morrison, for Literature, and Harold E. Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute, for Medicine.
- English majors are prominent in the entertainment industry as executives, directors, writers, and entertainers. Directors Stephen Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Derek Jarman are English majors, as were the actors Katherine Hepburn, Matt Damon, and Emma Watson. Prominent musicians include Sting and Paul Simon, and prominent comedians include Conan O'Brien.
- English majors are also plentiful in journalism and the media. Prominent journalists include the Pulitzer Prize winners Bob Woodward or Gretchen Morgenstern as well as broadcast journalists Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.
- English majors are prominent in the law and legal profession as Supreme Court Justices, legal advocates, law professors.
- English majors are also involved in politics and the government at all levels. English majors have been governors, candidates for president, senators, and cabinet officials.
- Fields involving information and research like Library Science.
- The field of publishing whether book, magazine, or online. English majors can be found on the editorial boards of major newspapers like the New York Times, as editors of literary magazines like the New Yorker, or acquisition editors in major publishing houses.
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