What can you do with an English degree?

The English major and minor expose students to centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. Students receive extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills. At the UO, English majors and minors take classes covering varied historical periods and literary traditions alongside classes in expository writing, cultural studies, theory, ecocriticism, film, and folklore. In addition to focusing and extending the values of a traditional liberal arts education, the skills gained in the English Major and Minor programs provide vital preparation for business and professional careers, as well as for further academic work or artistic endeavors. In fact, the most common major undertaken for a career in law is English.

In addition to the legal field, the experience of our graduates has proven that English is an excellent background for medicine, teaching, management, publishing, advertising and advanced technology fields.

  • Contact a UO English Alumni Mentor and engage in a conversation about the English major experience, post grad exploration, job-hunting, transitioning to the work world, finding and pursuing a career path, and their current job.
  • Visit the UO Career Center to further consider your interests, enhance your skills, and prepare for the job market. Click here for hundreds of local, regional and national job opportunities that include part-time, full-time, internship and seasonal positions.