This “pre-professional” major provides the necessary foundation for successful graduate studies in the humanities, social sciences, law, business, and public administration. As liberal arts majors in English, students develop invaluable skills in critical thinking and analysis, allowing them to creatively and effectively contribute in numerous ways to their communities. Graduates of an English program use their communication skills, both oral and written, to influence trends in such areas as:

Education Banking Commerce
Marketing IS/IT Medicine
Sales Law Real Estate
Publishing Government Insurance

The solid skills derived from a liberal arts degree in English are further enhanced through minors/certificates received in disciplines such as psychology, finance, computer science, communications, and political science. The key to success after graduation is in understanding the multiple skills obtained through both academic studies and practical experience and learning to market those skills to the best advantage!


Editorial Assistant Free-lance writer
Copy Writer High School English teacher
Publications Editor Communication consultant
Print Journalist Fed. Gov’t. Information officer
Advertising copy writer Personnel analyst
Screen Writer Executive assistant
Technical Writer Marketing/P.R. Specialist


Attorney Physician
Psychologist Pharmacist
Architect Dentist
Engineer Bank officer
Financial analyst Business executive
Realtor/Developer Librarian
Sales manager Community college instructor


Caterer Flight attendant
Innkeeper Travel agent
Farmer Software developer
Vintner Songwriter
Photographer Entertainer
Interior designer Theater director

Wages for 2009 Humanities graduates as a whole fell by -0.2% over the previous year, with English majors faring somewhat better with an average yearly increase of $1200. According to statistics compiled by N.A.C.E. (National Association of Colleges and Employers,


Alan Alda, Actor, writer Joe Paterno, Football coach (Penn State)
Russell Baker, Journalist Sally Ride, Astronaut
Dave Barry, Humorist writer, actor Joan Rivers, Comic
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, TV producer Diane Sawyer, Broadcast journalist
Carol Browner, Former Head of EPA Paul Simon, Songwriter, singer
Chevy Chase, Comic, actor, writer Brandon Tartikoff, Television executive
Michael Eisner, Walt Disney CEO Steven Spielberg, Film maker
Jodi Foster, Actor, film maker Christopher Reeve, Superman
Kathryn Fuller, World Wildlife Fund CEO Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice
A. Barlett Giamatti, Yale President Grant Tinker, TV Executive/Producer
Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist (Cathy) Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate
Chris Isaak, Songwriter, singer Barbara Walters, Broadcast journalist
Stephen King, Novelist Pete Wilson, Former Governor of California

Thanks to Mississippi State University English Dept.


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Arts & Sciences Graduates - What Do They Become?

Companies founded or headed by an Arts & Sciences graduate include:

Amazon    American Express    Bank of America    CNN    DirecTV    ebay    NBC Universal    Pinterest    Time Warner Cable    Starbucks    Pepsico

Source:  The Phi Beta Kappa Society

UA Career Center

The Career Center’s mission is to support the overall framework for career development by promoting relevant learning opportunities necessary for career placement to ensure students and alumni receive the Akron Advantage.

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    English Majors at UA - Where are they now?

    A. Bradley McClain
    Akron Municipal Court
    Allegheny College
    Artemis Industries Incorporated
    Aspen Publishers
    California State University
    Canton Museum of Art
    Canton Orthotic Laboratory
    Central Catholic High School
    Clayman Advertising Inc
    Colliers International
    Court of Appeals
    Dayton Legal Aid Society
    Details with Interiors
    Editorial Options Inc
    Fedex Custom Critical
    Gartman Newsletter
    Heart to Heart Communications
    Hershey & Browne
    Hollywood High School
    Indiana University
    JP Morgan Chase Bank
    Lakeland Community College
    M Davis Management Services
    Montgomery College
    Newall Electronics Inc.
    Ohio University
    Partners in Plastics
    Rosa’s Front Porch
    Scanlon & Company
    Southern University
    Star Cross Web Design
    Swope Antiques and Books
    The Talon Group
    The Writing Toolbox
    U S Air Force
    Wilke Communication

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