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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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"What Can I Do With a Major in...English?"

Why Major in English?

The graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Use the methods and techniques of literary study to develop the skills of close reading and literary analysis.
  • Write and speak with clarity, originality, grammatical correctness, and logic, demonstrating rhetorical skills necessary for successful communication.
  • Accomplish primary and secondary research, incorporating the results into formal written and oral presentations.
  • Understand language diversity as well as language uses, the relationship between spoken and written language, historical developments and social/cultural adaptations.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of literary periods, approaches, genres, and major works.

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Four-Year Academic Plan

English Major, B.A. Degree


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Jessica Johnson
Career Development Coordinator