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Career Options

A degree in English equips students with a variety of highly marketable transferable skills. From written and verbal communication to analytical thinking and research skills, both major coursework and liberal studies classes help students to develop, fine tune, and exemplify the skills employers are seeking in new hires.

Here are some areas English majors might consider:
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Writing and Editing

English majors learn writing and editing skills that would enable them to excel in many different functional areas like copywriting, reporting, editing, grant writing and web writing.

Public Relations and Advertising

English majors learn how to sharpen their communication skills and develop a social perceptiveness that would enable them to succeed as copywriters, spokespeople, media relations specialists and other jobs within these fields.


Many English majors choose to pursue teaching as a profession. The College of Education, in cooperation with the English Department, offers a concentration in Secondary English Education that satisfies the requirements for certification for teaching English at the junior high and secondary school levels.

Technical Writing

English majors learn concise writing skills and analytical skills that can help them excel at jobs in this field including authoring instruction manuals, writing user’s guides and creating training materials.


English majors develop strong analytical writing skills that can help them succeed in the legal profession.

English majors have also found success in a much wider variety of professions, such as counseling, project management, consulting, higher education administration, and more. To learn more about where some of DePaul University’s English alumni have found their success, visit our Alumni Spotlight Page or Alumni Sharing Knowledge.