AQ's English major, literature minor, journalism minor and writing minor are surprisingly flexible degrees, providing a number of career options in a variety of fields. Obvious career paths include teaching at the primary and secondary level and graduate study in English leading to teaching at the college level. The English major, in combination with a teaching certificate, is a very marketable degree since English language and American and British literature are fundamental subjects taught in all schools.
Further information about teaching careers in English can be found at the education department home page.
Another career path for English majors is in publications and public relations. Aquinas English majors have gone on to successful careers in print journalism, editing, freelance writing, literary agency, publishing, and public relations.
Skills in writing, analysis and editing, as well as exposure to a large body of American and British literature are all invaluable in the wide world of publishing. Students interested in a writing career should also check out Aquinas' writing minor and journalism minor.
Aquinas English graduates have also found work in business and technical writing. Law schools also look favorably on the English major as a pre-law degree. Analytical and language skills learned in the classroom can easily be transferred to the study of law which relies heavily on case study analysis and written and spoken argument. Other Aquinas English majors have found success such diverse fields as counseling, bookstore management, insurance adjusting and in-house communications directing for corporations.
These are just a few of the many fields students with an English major may find themselves in. See our English Alumni page for some testimonials from recent graduates in various fields. For further information, contact the chairperson of the English Department, Rebecca Coogan , or the AQ Career Development Center at (616) 632-2902.