Some people might say an English degree doesn’t train you for a specific vocation. They’re right. Studying English doesn’t train you for one career—it trains you for many. English will give you a wide range of career opportunities because it provides a long list of skills valuable in many different types of professions.
Communication skills are highly valued in whatever profession you will ultimately choose. The ability to communicate in both written and spoken form will serve you well not only in your career, but also in many areas of life.
All that reading and discussion in your classes will also help hone your ability to analyze complex information with the help of a range of critical approaches. The ability to read, analyze, and respond is valuable in many different kinds of work. You will, for example, also have opportunities to construct and defend an argument, tailor your writing to a specific audience and purpose, and communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures--all valuable job skills, among many others.
Studies in English at Andrews University will also likely expand your: flexibility, creativity, logic, synthesis and debate skills, self-confidence, independence, originality, desire to serve, and ability to turn theory into practical applications.
When it comes to your specific career choice, the sky is the limit! To give you some ideas, here are some careers other English majors have chosen:
Here's a partial list of some of our graduates and what they are doing now: