Are you interested in: 

  • Reading and discussing great novels, poems, and plays
  • Expressing yourself creatively
  • Building career-focused writing skills

The English major chooses to make language and literature the source of intellectual growth and career preparation. In the classroom community, students explore imaginative worlds and tackle complex questions. Along the way, students develop skills that lead to successful careers in professional writing and editing, marketing and entrepreneurship, project management, and teaching.

Types of jobs:

  • Education
  • Social media
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit management
  • Editing
  • Professional writing
  • Project management
  • Public administration/government
  • Museum installation/design
  • Publishing
  • Public relations
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Library science

Attend graduate school for:

  • Literature, creative writing, or rhetoric
  • Digital communication
  • Law
  • Paralegal program
  • Education
  • Business
  • Library information systems

Options for the major:

  • B.A. in English
  • Double major or minor in any additional related area of interest
  • Specific electives as needed for licensure requirements  in elementary, middle, or high school teaching
  • Consider the following second major or minor:
    • Professional writing and media
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Graphic design
    • Business
    • Foreign language
  • Experiential opportunities
    • Intern at leading companies and organizations in North Carolina’s capital city and Research Triangle Park
    • Write for the Meredith Herald, the weekly newspaper; The Colton Review, an arts and literary journal; or The Oak Leaves, the yearbook
    • Tutor at the learning center
    • Join the Colton English Club
    • Participate in MeredithReads

Professional associations:

Career outlook:

Advertising, promotions, and marketing manager
College instructor/professor
Elementary, middle, or high school teacher
Grant writer
Public relations specialist
Science writer
Technical writer
Writer or author

Additional information:

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Where do Meredith English majors go after graduation? The top four choices are teaching, graduate school, writing and editing, and media and technology!