Careers

English majors are highly successful in a range of careers and callings.  They pursue such varied professions as law, grant writing, teaching, corporate communications, language pathology, video game design, and medicine; they are also highly sought after by large corporations, small businesses, start-ups, government agencies, media organizations, and a wide range of other employers.  

The English Major in Demand

  • “The Myth of the Unemployed Humanities Major”,  Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2015. “Year after year… the skills employers value most in the new graduates they hire are not technical, job-specific skills, but written and oral communication, problem solving, and critical thinking—exactly the sort of “soft skills” humanities majors tend to excel in.”
  • “Why Entrepreneurs Should Hire English Majors”, USA Today, July 2016. “I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love how well read they are. I love their ability to write well and think critically, and most of all, I love to hire them. For my money, I think English majors are a great choice for any entrepreneur’s next employee or intern.”
  • “14 Jobs for English Majors that Pay at Least $60,000,” Forbes, October 2016.  “It turns out that even the digital economy needs people who are good with words.”
  • “To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf,”  New York Times, May 2016. “To say that more good developers will be produced by swapping the arts for engineering is like saying that to produce great writers, we should double down on sentence diagramming.”
  • "Carlyle Co-Founder's Formula for Success: Study the Humanities," New York Times, January 2014. “’Humanities teach problem-solving skills that enable students to stand out among their peers and to achieve success in the business world,’ Mr. Rubenstein said. ‘Career-specific skills can be learned later,’ he said, noting that many of Wall Street’s top executives studied the humanities.”

Why is an English Degree So Valuable?   It Develops . . .

  • Top-Notch Writing Ability
  • Outstanding Critical Thinking
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Persuasive Oral Communication
  • Research & Information Management
  • Understanding of Diverse Perspectives

CSUSB English Graduates Go On To Succeed As …
Lawyers, Writers, Doctors, Linguists, College Professors, Teachers, Public Relations Experts, Media Production Designers, and many other career professionals, in fields such as Business, Health and Science, Technology, Government, Non-Profits, Education, and Writing. 

What path will you choose?