Career Profiles: English

CSULB Department of English

The study of English involves comprehensive training in reading, writing, and reasoning. One can focus on an emphasis in creative writing, English education, literature and rhetoric composition or choose a special emphasis. A mastery of language, appealing to both logic and emotion, prepares students to convince varied audiences, in presenting ideas and themselves. English continues to offer a traditional liberal education, preparing a well-rounded person who can deal with people and problems in all walks of life. An excellent pre-professional major, developing skills in analysis and expression sought by law schools, government agencies and large corporations, English provides a strong foundation for professional writers (both creative and technical) as well. Most entry-level jobs require a bachelor's degree, but work experience and evidence of talent are increasingly desirable, if not absolutely necessary.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Advertising
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Secretary/Paralegal
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mass media film, radio, television)
  • Politics
  • Professional writing and editing(creative or technical)
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Script writing
  • Teaching

Where Employed:

  • Book publishers
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Historical societies
  • Internet sites
  • Manufacturers
  • Market research
  • Medical institutions
  • Professional or consumer publications
  • Research institutes
  • Social service agencies

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