Undergraduate Career Development
The English major provides a strong foundation for a successful career and a future as a life-long learner. Business, government, and nonprofits prize individuals who can think critically, write clearly, and engage with complex ideas, and English majors have all of those skills. The Duquesne English major also instills a strong work ethic, creativity, empathy, curiosity, and an appreciation for the importance of service.
According to a recent study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, liberal arts students find both mental and financial fulfillment throughout their life. In particular, the study found that by their mid-50s, students with an undergraduate liberal arts degree make more money on average than those who majored in professional or pre-professional areas. Moreover, liberal arts majors are employed at similar rates. Employers value English majors for their ability to provide creative solutions in all sectors, their sharp communication and research skills, as well as their ability to think and write clearly.
As an English major at Duquesne, you will not only have the pleasure of engaging with a wide variety of literary texts and the satisfaction of meeting the rigorous intellectual challenges found in our coursework. You will also be preparing for your future in the workplace.
Here's what one of our alumni have to say about the impact of the program on their professional lives:
The English department is dedicated to helping students find and apply for internships that match their interests. If you are accepted for an internship, you should meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to arrange for your internship to be credit-bearing. You may also choose to take advantage of an internship reserved exclusively for Duquesne English majors, developed in partnership with organizations in our community including Gumberg Library and ACH Clear Pathways. In most cases, you will enroll in ENGL 446 and work with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to design a series of assignments relevant to the work you are doing. In this course, you will also be taught how to discuss your work in professional writing (cover letters, resumes) and interviews. This course will earn you up to 3 credits at the 400-level and can be used toward both the English major and minor.
Job Searching Resources
The office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and Career Services have an abundance of information on job searching, from books like What Color Is Your Parachute to websites on interviewing, resumes, and career advice. We encourage you to meet with both offices to collect resources relevant to your personal search.
For more about student internships, check out our students' perspectives on "Applying the English Major" - a blog published by our current student interns.
Considering Grad School?
The M.A and PhD English degrees provide a strong foundation for a successful career and a future as a life-long learner both within and beyond the Academy. Businesses, the government, and nonprofits prize individuals who can think critically, write clearly, and engage with complex ideas. English graduate students have all of these skills. Whether you're interested in an academic career or building your professional credentials to work in the public or private sectors, the English graduate program at Duquense provides students with services and information. Here's what some of our alumni have to say about the impact of the program on their professional lives: