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If you think that teaching is the only career for an English major, and it is a great career choice, you might be surprised to know that most English majors choose other lines of work. Many employers are looking for the kinds of articulate and thoughtful job candidates who come out of English programs. Did you know, for instance, that Stephen King, Renee Zellweger, Vin Diesel, Sting, Clarence Thomas, and Joe Paterno were English majors? Careers such as ministry, law enforcement, business and media communications, advertising and marketing in order to compete in our "age of information" rely on electronic, written, spoken, and personal communication. Success in today's marketplace depends to a large degree on a person's ability to understand and to use language. These are the skills an English major masters.
English graduates pursue graduate study in English, theory, education, political science, government, library science, public administration, psychology, and religious studies. The American Bar Association lists English as an important major for preparing students for the study of law. Law School deans often cite the study of writing and literature as excellent preparation for the cirtical thinking and textual analysis required for the practice of law. And finally, according to the Association of Medical Colleges, students majoring in Humanities, such as English, score above the mean on all three parts of the MCAT exam, and score higher than any other majors on the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam.
Check out some of these resources:
Career Advice from Monster.com
Guide to College Majors in English
Ten Most Popular Careers for English Majors
Famous English Majors
Interested in … ?
- literary scholarship
- law enforcement
- journalism and telecommunications
- public relations
BPC’s English program is the place for you!
Just look at what some of our recent graduates have accomplished:
Julie Gregory '94: After taking a second BA degree--and
then an MA degree--in Spanish from the U of Mississippi,
Ms. Gregory became a Baptist missionary in Latin America.
Brandi J. Walker '94: Ms. Walker obtained an MA degree
in English from Appalachian State U, Boone, NC. After teaching
at a women's school in Japan for two years, she moved to
Istanbul, Turkey, to teach at a university there. An enthusiastic
world traveler, Brandi spent part of this past autumn in
the high altitudes of the Himalayas, where she visited
with Buddhist monks. Her life-long dream to live in Africa
will come true later this year, when she begins a Peace
Corps tour of duty in Namibia. (She has promised to visit
Tammy D. Harvey '95: After completing her MA in English
at Clemson U, Ms. Harvey entered the doctoral program at
Georgia State U. Currently she is on the faculty at the
State U of West Georgia, Carrollton.
Doy W. Cave III '95: Mr. Cave taught for a year at Robert
Toombs Christian Academy in Lyons before taking a position
at the Vidalia Advance-Progress, rising finally to the
rank of news editor. In 1998, he resigned, moved to New
Orleans, and began serving in the public relations office
at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is
also a part-time seminary student.
Thomas Kenneth "Kenny" Fountain
'95: After earning an MA degree in English at the University
of Memphis, Mr.
Fountain moved to Turkey, securing a TESOL post at a university
in Ankara. He later headed that institution's writing-across-the-curriculum
program. Last summer he began teaching at Yeshiva U in
New York. Currently he is contemplating further graduate
study. He lives in Brooklyn.
Janean Gray '95: Ms. Gray wasted no time in returning
to her beautiful native Bermuda. There she edits a visually
dazzling tourist magazine, Island.
Tamee Bowers Livingston
'95: Mrs. Livingston took her
MA degree in English at Georgia Southern U. After a short
stint as copy editor at the Advance-Progress, she was a
Brewton-Parker adjunct, teaching English classes in Hazlehurst.
Now serving in the U.S. military, Mrs. Livingston lives
in Alaska with her husband, Jimmy '96, also a graduate
Jeffery L. Dickerson
'98: Since earning his JD degree
from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer U, Mr.
Dickerson has become an assistant district attorney in
Steven Hurwitz '98: Mr. Hurwitz, an honor graduate of
the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer U, is a member
of a law firm in Macon. (It is interesting to note that
Mr. Hurwitz had obtained an AA degree in General Studies
at Brewton-Parker in the 1970s. Thereafter he worked in
journalism, becoming editor-in-chief of the Advance-Progress.
In the early 1990s he returned to BPC to take a degree