Nav
Search South Mountain Community College Website
SMCC Cougar facebook South Mountain Community College twitter SMCC youtube Videos

English

English Image

The study of English is about much more than reading and writing; it’s a doorway into a realm of career opportunity and creative expression that lasts a lifetime.

SMCC’s English program is an ideal major for careers that require skills in critical thinking, reading, and communication. Many businesses and professional schools prefer the well-rounded training that the program provides.

A study of English can provide a foundation for careers in virtually every field.

Job Titles

  • Creative Writer
  • Journalist
  • Freelance
  • Technical Writer
  • Media Research Associate
  • Executive Assistant
  • Magazine Editor
  • Teacher
  • A major in English can be good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, psychology, counseling, communications, and religious studies (i.e., seminary).
  • Develop a specialty area of interest via additional coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field.
  • Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A bachelor’s degree in English is sufficient for many entry level positions in business and industry.
  • Appropriate teacher certification is required for public school teaching.
  • A graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.