Major Discovery Series English Bachelor of Arts: English Bachelor of Arts: English with Cultural and Media Studies Bachelor of Arts: English with Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Arts: English/Professional Writing Bachelor of Arts: English/Professional Writing with Cultural and Media Studies Minors: Literature and Writing English is an area of language arts that emphasizes the written works but also includes the study of literature, speech, and writing in all its forms. English majors develop their ability to think logically, read critically, and communicate effectively while heightening their aesthetic awareness and their understanding of fundamental human issues as they appear in works from various historical and cultural settings. An English major is ideal for students who wish to pursue entrance into graduate programs or law school and/or careers in a variety of settings including publishing, advertising, writing, editing, business, public relations and education. Employers recommend one or more internships to be successful and competitive when entering this field. Holland career themes associated with English Artistic, Social, and Enterprising Skills associated with the English major1 Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary Good listening, clarifying, questioning, and responding skills Ability to conduct and explain research results Ability read analytically Ability to make observations and appropriate decisions Ability to concentrate for long periods of time Ability to respond appropriately to various rhetorical situations orally or in written form Related courses English majors typically enjoy1 Anthropology Drama History Humanities Sociology Public Speaking Writing 1 Source: Phifer, P. College Majors and Careers. New York: Ferguson Common interests of English majors1 Attending movies, plays, lectures, or readings Participating in theatre productions Writing short stories, poetry, or news articles Conversing with others Participating in a book club, student newspaper, or yearbook club Reading essays, articles, novels, short stories, plays, poetry, and professional journals Visiting libraries Working part-time or as a volunteer for a library, or high school/college radio or TV station, or nonprofit organization For more information about this major Contact the English Department, 135 Lytle, 610-683-4353, or visit www.kutztown.edu/English KU Majors related to English Communication Studies, History, Philosophy, Secondary Education Artistic students may also be interested in: Advertising*, Art Education, Communication Design, Crafts, Electronic Media, Elementary Education, German Studies, International Studies*, Library Science, Music, Music Education, Public Relations*, Spanish, Studio Art. *minor only For More Information on English Careers or to speak to a Career Counselor, contact KU Career Development Center • 113 Stratton Administration Center • 610-683-4067 • [email protected] • www.kutztown.edu/careercenter Attend your senior kick-off and other info sessions to prepare for job search/grad school. Enroll in the Career Success Update your resume and Certificate. LinkedIn profile. Complete an internship and/or Meet with CDC career Create cover letter drafts. undergraduate research. coach. Enroll in the Career Gain experience through Attend info sessions to learn Attend info sessions about Exploration Certificate. internships and/or internships, interviewing, job about resume writing, and Attend info sessions to learn undergraduate research. search strategies, and grad externships. about career development Secure references for job/grad school. Confirm your choice of major and personal branding. school applications. Build a LinkedIn profile and and consider options for Take a career assessment to Create your “30 second” continue to monitor your online double major or minor. identify and confirm interests. commercial. presence. Research careers of interest. Get involved in campus clubs Meet with CDC to develop Complete a mock interview. Complete a job shadowing and organizations. job search strategies. Build skills through research (externship) experience. Develop basic workplace skills Research employers. projects, part-time employment, through jobs or volunteer work. Seek meaningful employand volunteer work. Network with professionals ment or volunteer work in a Talk with professors, family, through events and social Participate in Coffee and field related to your major. and friends about career media. Convos & networking programs. Explore options for underideas. Join a professional organization Attend internship & job fairs. graduate research and Conduct informational in your discipline. Take on a leadership role in a study abroad. interviews with professionals Attend the senior etiquette student organization or work. Write a resume and have it working in fields of interest. dinner. Consider graduate school reviewed by the CDC. Develop a relationship with Participate in job fairs and options and prepare for Manage your online your professors and faculty on-campus interviewing. admissions tests. presence. advisor. Sample Career Titles English majors can be found working in a wide variety of career fields. Here are just some career titles that may be of interest. Please note that some jobs may require further education and training. • Advertising Copywriter • Advertising Executive • Announcer (Radio/TV) • Archivist • Author • Bibliographer • Biographer • Book Critic • Bookstore Manager • Columnist/Commentator • Comedy Writer • Communications Manager • Congressional Aide • Copywriter • Critic, Art/Book • Crossword Puzzle Developer Desktop Publisher Documentation Specialist Editor, Film/Video/Magazine Editor, News • Educational Program Specialist • Entertainment Agent • ESL Teacher • Freelance Writer/Consultant • Information Abstractor • Information Indexer • Labor Relations Specialist • Lawyer • Librarian • Linguist • Literary Agent • Lobbyist • Magazine Writer • Manuscript Reader • Market Research Analyst • Marketing Specialist • Mass Media Script Reader • Media Planner • Narrator • Paralegal • Playwright/Poet • Product Manager • Proofreader • Public Relations Specialist • Public Speaker • Publicity Assistant • Publisher • Reading Consultant • Reading Specialist • Reporter • Research Assistant Analyst • Researcher/Pollster • Reviewer • Sales Representative • Teacher • Technical Writer/Consultant • Training Specialist • Translator • Underwriter • Video Scriptwriter/Producer • Website Writer/Designer To learn more about these careers, visit http://online.onetcenter.org or www.bls.gov/oco. Common Internship Sites and Employers English majors often find internships and employment in the following industries: • Magazines and Newspapers • Book Publishers • Colleges/Universities • Consulting Firms • Public Relations Firms • Business and Industry • Telecommunications Organizations • Non-profit Organizations • Radio Stations • Libraries KU Career Network is the primary online resource for preparing and connecting students and alumni with employers. www.kutztown.edu/KUCN Useful Websites for English Majors Whether you are researching related career fields, applying for internships or jobs, or planning to join a professional association, these websites are for you! Industry Information and Job/Internship Search Site Professional Organizations Book Jobs http://bookjobs.com American Society of Journalists & Authors www.asja.org Communications Roundtable www.roundtable.org Association of Writers & Writing Programs www.awpwriter.org Internship Programs Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communications www.aejmc.org www.internshipprograms.com Journalism Jobs www.journalismjobs.com Magazine Publishers of America www.magazine.org/careers Pennsylvania Newspaper Association www.pa-newspaper.org Poets & Writers http://www.pw.org PRSA Job Center www.prsa.org/jobcenter Public Relations www.nationjob.com/publicrelations The Write Jobs www.writerswrite.com/jobs Work in Public Relations www.marketingjobs.com Writer’s Resource Center www.poewar.com Modern Language Association www.mla.org National Council for Teachers of English www.ncte.org Public Relations Society of America www.prsa.org The Association of Magazine Media http://asme.magazine.org Building Your Resume for a Career in English Building a strong resume for your career field starts long before you ever start your job search. Employers want to hire graduates who not only have the necessary educational background but also have experience applying that knowledge to real life situations. Take note of the skills and knowledge obtained through your educational background and hands-on experiences. Highlight transferable skills such as fluency and written communication. Learn more about your field and develop the necessary skills for employment by gaining hands-on experience through externships, internships, part-time jobs and related volunteer positions. Develop professionally through campus involvement and professional memberships. This illustrates responsibility, leadership abilities and time management skills.