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English Majors develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, communication, writing and research that serve them well in a variety of career fields from business, government and non-profit to higher education, law and publishing. Click the links below for tips and timelines on preparing for careers in these fields.
Professional and Creative WritingMost writing careers require the development of a portfolio of related writing samples. Students are encouraged to enroll in internships and contribute to on-campus publications to develop these portfolios.
EditingStudents interested in editing are encouraged to enroll in SEGL 352 (Text Editing), to serve as a tutor in the Writing Center and to participate in editing on-campus publications to develop experience.
PublishingStudents interested in publishing are encouraged to enroll in graphics design courses and to participate in on-campus publications to develop experience. See Cornell University's guide to Careers in Publishing for more information about entering the field.
Teaching and TrainingStudents may pursue careers in teaching English at a range of levels and settings. Students interested in teaching should consider age range, context (e.g. industry, non-profit, higher education, K-12) and areas of specialty, such as a writing focus, literature focus or focus on teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
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Careers that use Critical Thinking, Research and Writing SkillsStudents are encouraged to enroll in internships and to develop cognates or minors that expand educational experience in these areas
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