Careers in English

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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.

Film Studies

History, theory, and criticism

Interested in working in academic film studies, or understanding film better as an art form, as popular culture, and as a major medium of communication? Consider a major or minor in Film Studies. Housed in the English department, the Film Studies program focuses on the history of film, film genre, film directors, as well as film theory and criticism.

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Careers in English

What can be done with an English major? Explore the career paths of UNL students and recent graduates.


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Internships are available in a variety of areas including: Editing & Publishing, Library & Information Science, Higher Education, Writing, and Digital Humanities.

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Career Services

Career Services helps students explore and pursue career options, gain experience, and conduct a successful job search.

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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.