English - Career Pathways


What is English?

The Department of English offers a broad education in the literature of current and historical times and cultures, emphasizing critical reading and thoughtful writing. Students collaborate with faculty as they develop skills as readers, writers, researchers, teachers, and community servants.

Academic Programs

What Can I Do with an English Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in English offers an array of opportunities, including entry level positions in business, human services, radio and television, journalism, and museum work. The English Adolescence Education program prepares students for initial New York State English teacher certification in grades 7-12. An English degree is also good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas including English, law, library science, political science/government, education, public administration, communication, and religious studies.

Career Outlooks

To explore specific job outlooks, use MyNextMove, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, and MyPlan. Each offers unique insight about the personalities, skills, knowledge, technology, abilities, and educational requirements compatible with a job.

For a more personal approach, use resources like Candid Careers and Glassdoor. Candid Careers hosts thousands of interviews with industry professionals. Glassdoor provides numerous employee reviews from various companies. Both provide great insight into the industry and daily life of a particular career.

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Sample Job Titles

Advertising Copywriter
Broadcast Journalist
Career Counselor
Corporate Communications Manager
Curriculum Designer
English Teacher
Event Planner
Grant Writer
Guidance Counselor

Management Analyst
Marketing Research Analyst
Production Assistant
Public Affairs Specialist
Publications Editor
Real Estate Agent
Technical Writer
Volunteer Coordinator
Website Content Editor

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Internships and Applied Learning Opportunities  Use FREDNetwork to find professional jobs, internships, student employment and summer job opportunities

Internships foster hands-on learning and skill building. They also help students make connections and network with potential employers. 

You can use FREDNetwork, the CDO’s job and internship database, to find internship (and employment) opportunities! Schedule an appointment with a CDO career counselor for more information and advice.

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Major-specific activities and student organizations and clubs provide venues to make connections and build strong networks. Depending on personal interests and career goals, students may join clubs such as the English Works, Writer’s Ring, and the English Honor Society.

Networks continue to grow through digital groups such as LinkedIn.

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Professional Associations

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Get Connected

Stay up to date on the English Department’s Students in Action and upcoming events through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

What’s Next?

Not sure about your future? Schedule an appointment
The CDO is here to help you explore opportunities!
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State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
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