Why English?

Why English?

The idea that “reading books won’t get me a job” is as romantic misconception. The reality is that your major is only one of many variables to consider when planning a career. English majors are remarkably prepared for a wide range of professions after graduation. And they had fun getting there. Consider these reasons for majoring in English:

Yes, it’s fun. If you like literature and ideas, this major will make you happy. What other major requires you to curl up with a good book?

Studying English will give you a window onto cultures, past and present, and a mirror for your experiences and desires. It’s about the power of art.

You will study with smart, inspiring professors who are dedicated scholars, passionate teachers, and your personal mentors.

You will become a skilled interpreter of texts-from novels to film to political speech to art and poetry. It’s about finding meaning.

English and your career.

What can you do with an English major? Ask Paul LeBlanc, president of SNHU, who studied English. Famous English majors include Joan Cusack, Matt Damon, Martin Scorcese, Alan Alda, and Gwyneth Paltrow; add to them Sally Ride (Astronaut), Bob Woodward, Stephen King, Diane Sawyer, Paul Newman, Michael Eisner (former CEO of Walt Disney), John Paul Stevens (former Supreme Court Justice) and Henry Paulson (former Secretary of the Treasury and CEO of Goldman Sachs). Former SNHU English majors populate all walks of professional life-teaching, editing, writing, media, law, and business-because the skills they bring are essential to public life and professional work.

The English major fosters creativity and a command of language. English majors can analyze complex issues, find new and creative ways to solve old problems, research and evaluate evidence, and construct logical arguments from diverse points of view. And they write well. Powerful language has never been so rare, or so necessary.

It’s no surprise, then, that law school attracts English majors. Many journalists and editors for online or print media, as well as communications and marketing professionals, studied language and literature. English majors work in complex fields like policy analysis and conflict mediation. Our information age demands articulate, precise writers in professions from medicine to information technology. And let’s not forget teaching, K-12 to college, and the wide range of training positions in industry, business, and the private sector. Many banking and finance professionals began studying literature and language, then got their business training on the job. Finally, some great writers had day jobs as doctors (William Carlos Williams), editors (Toni Morrison), journalists (Stephen Crane), sailors (Herman Melville), and businesspeople (Shakespeare).

Come, take the road less traveled.


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