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People often think of English majors in careers such as teaching, writing, and publishing. And it's true, many English majors find satisfying and lucrative work in those fields. But these are only a few of the options available. The skills you learn as an English major—how to read thoughtfully, how to think critically, how to write skillfully—are in demand in many occupations from business to medicine, digital technology to law.
As an English major you develop a wide range of transferable skills. You learn how to research well, read deeply, synthesize varied ideas, formulate arguments, communicate effectively, and understand human nature. Such skills can be flexibly applied to a variety of career options, preparing you to adapt to an evolving and increasingly global job market.
ENGLISH MAJORS ARE THE HOT NEW HIRESBUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
It's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing. Steve JobsFounder and CEO, Apple, Inc.
I think what I appreciate most about English majors is that they are taught to think critically, and that is exactly what I want in my business. Steve StraussAuthor of The Small Business Bible
English majors are exactly the people I'm looking for. Santosh JayaramExecutive at Twitter and Google
Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities. Tony Golsby-SmithHarvard Business Review
English majors make my heart jump for joy when their resumes cross my desk. Jake SchrumAustin Business Journal
What can be done with an English major? Explore the career paths of UNL students and recent graduates.Explore
Internships are available in a variety of areas including: Editing & Publishing, Library & Information Science, Higher Education, Writing, and Digital Humanities.Learn More
Real Students, Real Stories
Hannah majored in English to pursue a career in the publishing industry. She was an intern with the University of Nebraska Press.
Dillon served as an intern with Prairie Schooner literary magazine before becoming the opinion editor at The Daily Nebraskan, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln student newspaper.