Your Future in English

In a world that requires the ability to interpret an ever-increasing variety of texts, an English major's ability to read carefully, think critically, and write skillfully is fundamental in many professions.

LawBecause a broad liberal arts background is helpful for studying law, a major in English works well as preparation for law school.

Professional Writing—English majors who are also interested in more technical areas involving science, math, or business find opportunities to bring their interests and abilities together in the field of technical writing.

JournalismA number of English majors have accepted positions with magazines and newspapers, working with great success as editors, publishers, and reporters.

Public RelationsEnglish majors are well prepared for public relations positions with banks, promotions firms, or other groups that require strong skills in communication, organization, and analysis.

MedicineMedical schools look favorably on an English major, in part because of the critical thinking skills honed by the study of literature and writing.

Library ScienceAn English major or minor provides an excellent background for pursuing a degree in Library Science.

Graduate SchoolClose to 100% of Lipscomb's English majors who apply to graduate school are accepted, and the vast majority of those students receive scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships that cover most or all of their graduate tuition costs.

High School TeachingMany English majors become outstanding high school teachers with rewarding careers.

What can I do with a degree in English?

The short answer is, "All sorts of things." Because the discipline of English hones writing, reading and analytical skills, English majors find rewarding careers in a wide variety of fields. Recent Lipscomb graduates with degrees in English have become attorneys, physicians, managers, chefs, engineers, filmmakers, nurses, and librarians. Some have become high school teachers; many others have gone on to graduate programs in literature, history, religion, Spanish, Russian or TESOL, thus preparing themselves for careers as university professors.

What do English majors study? 

The simplest answer is this: "the construction and interpretation of verbal texts." Some of the questions central to the discipline are these:

  • What makes some writing "literary" while other kinds aren't?
  • Why do people write the things they do the way they do?
  • What's the difference between writing that's clear and writing that's not, and how can we turn the latter into the former most efficiently?
  • How can writing be used to make things happen in the world?
  • How can writing affect the way people understand what it means to be a human being?