Ohio University

Careers & Internships for English Majors

Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Jill Ingram

Individualized Career Coaching for Arts & Sciences Students

College of Arts & Sciences students can take advantage of individualized career coaching, with many resources to help them prepare for successful lives. Students with liberal arts degrees are highly sought after because they are educated to think critically and become problem solvers for 21st century issues.

General Information and Strategies

A bachelor's degree in English prepares students for many entry-level positions in business and industry.

A major in English is also good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science or government, public administration, communications, information and library science, writing and editing, and religious studies (i.e., seminary).

Since English can lead to many different career paths, it is important to identify an area of interest and to plan to gain the right skills, experience, and credentials to enter that field:

  • Be prepared to be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to secure freelance writing opportunities. Writers typically experience many rejections for each piece that is accepted for publication. Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio. Cultivate other career opportunities in order to supplement a freelance writing income.
  • Obtain additional areas of expertise such as journalism, broadcasting, technical writing, or politics for specialized positions.
  • For careers in advertising or public relations be prepared to begin in an entry-level position.
  • Appropriate teacher certification is required for public school teaching. A graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow professionals in careers of interest to learn more about their jobs.
  • Join relevant professional associations. Attend their conferences and read their journals.

Secondary Teaching

Ohio University offers a master's program with licensure for those who want to teach adolescent to young-adult education. Students can get an undergraduate degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences, followed by a master's degree in Integrated Language Arts (ME 6866) [Word] from the Patton College of Education. The master's program can be completed in four consecutive semesters