Department of English
Phone: (509) 527-2862

Career Information

Think all you can do with an English degree is teach English? Each job below requires an English degree PLUS whatever is listed below it.

Actor/Actress
Minor in drama. Plan on obtaining a graduate degree if you desire to teach. Experience is essential.

Advertising Specialist
Statistics background, word processing skills, and a diverse knowledge base is a necessity. Internship is recommended.

Anthropologist
Take a wide variety of humanities courses. Linguistics is recommended. A doctorate is a necessity.

Archivist
Graduate degree in information sciences is required.Volunteer in libraries to gain experience.

Author
Emphasis in composition. Develop computer skills.

Biographer
Take a wide selection of history courses. Plan on obtaining at least a master's degree.

Biomedical Researcher
General lab experience is required. Analytical skills are necessary. Occasionally a short course to obtain a license is also required.

Columnist
Minor in journalism. Internships are important.

Editor
Develop research skills.

Educator
Obtain certification for public/private school teaching. Take phase I and II courses (see WWU bulletin).

College Teacher
Obtain at least a master's degree. A doctorate is recommended. Gain writing experience.

Freelance Writer
Emphasis on writing courses.

Human Resource Coordinator
Take a wide variety of humanities. Good communication skills are essential.

Journalist
Minor in journalism.

Lawyer
Law school admissions test.

Librarian
Graduate degree in library and information sciences is required. Volunteer in libraries.

Linguist
Take courses in foreign languages. Plan on obtaining at least a master's degree if you desire to teach.

Lobbyist
Become an expert in a specific field of concern. Research and organizational skills are required.

Media Specialist
Minor in business. Be prepared to start at a low level job.

Paralegal
Short post-graduate training program is required.

Playwright
Minor in drama.

Physician
Medical school admissions test. Minor in a science.

Public Relations Director
Master's degree is preferred. Corporate work experience is recommended.

Research Analyst
Minor in business. Gain work experience.

Technical Writer
Scientific background is required. Minor in scientific field is recommended.

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Last update on November 12, 2013