Language is a facility that sets human beings apart from all other creatures and an attribute in which we bear God’s own creative image. As such, it enables us to be co-workers with Christ in a wide range of cultural, social and vocational activities. The important social practices of listening, speaking, reading and writing are also highly valued skills in many vocational fields.
An English degree, therefore, can prepare you for work in business, research organizations, educational settings, publishing companies, financial institutions, and the cultural, entertainment, communications and health care industries. Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments that English studies foster: effective communication, attention to detail, logical thinking, creative thinking, information organization, persuasive presentation.
For example, alumna Katrina Hansen, who graduated in 2009 with a double major in English and Philosophy and a double minor in Theology and History, obtained a job with Logos Bible Software in Bellingham, WA, as a book designer in the Electronic Text Development Department. Katrina wrote that Trinity’s English major prepared her well for a job she described as “extremely detail oriented.”
In fact, according to research English major Allison Backous did with Trinity’s Alumni Office in 2007 , Trinity’s English alumni enter multiple career fields. At that time, about 38% (85 graduates) had gone into teaching (compared to a national figure of 33%), and about the same number into administration, business, or church work (44, 24, and 16 respectively). Others had gone into social work (8), medical vocations (6), professional writing (7), technology (5), law enforcement and government (4), research and libraries (8), landscape or recreation or sanitation (6), law (3), domestic artisan work (3), and positions at colleges or graduate or divinity schools (6).
Other possibilities include:
Lobbyist Public Relations Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Copywriter Journalist/Columnist Personnel Trainee
Campaign Manager Editor Fundraiser
Legislative Assistant Special Events Coordinator Author
Communications Research Analyst Court Reporter
Archivist Press Secretary