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Description of Major
The English program engages students in the study of British and American literature of different periods, with an emphasis on various approaches to literary study. Students learn to discuss, orally and in writing, what they have read: how the author has structured the text and how literary language achieves its effects and directs the reader’s response to the text. The major offers both broad exposure to and in-depth study of literature and language, as well as courses in creative and expository writing. English courses combine analysis and writing to teach students to be effective critical and imaginative readers and writers.

A liberal arts education and study in a particular major will lead to the acquisition of a group of skills which enable one to solve problems, read critically, communicate effectively, and perform complicated tasks. These skills are essential in any career. The following is a list of important and commonly agreed upon career skills identified by UMM English faculty as a part of the project to Improve Public Understanding of Liberal Learning (IMPULL). The skills are those which all or most students studying English are likely to acquire through classroom instruction, co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.

Leadership/Management Skills:
- judging
- inventing
- ability to work self-directedly
- analyzing
- understanding the feelings of others
- working with others as in
collaborating/peer editing/designing projects
- conceptualizing
- applying data
- organizing
- managing time, energy and resources


Communication/Writing Skills:
- comprehending written material
- using argumentation and persuasion
techniques to persuade others
- writing factual material clearly and
- listening objectively
- understanding the feelings of others
- reporting accurately
- writing effectively
- describing objects or events with a
minimum of factual errors
- critiquing, editing, proofreading
- identifying and communicating value
judgments effectively
- summarizing


Instructing/Educational Skills:
- explaining
- instructing other students
- peer editing


Research/Analytical Skills:
- sorting data and objects
- understanding and using organizing
- developing new approaches to problems
- reading
- organizing and classifying
- breaking down principles into parts
- perceiving and defining cause and effect
- formulating questions to clarify a
particular problem or issue
- writing proposals
- synthesizing multiple sources
- applying information creatively to solve
specific problems
- evaluating information against
appropriate standards
- analyzing and evaluating ideas and
- editing
- gathering information
- reviewing large amounts of material and
extracting essence
- using a variety of sources of information
- analyzing the interrelationships of
events and ideas from several perspectives


Artistic/Creative Skills:
- creative writing
- sensitivity to and appreciation of beauty
in the environment
- dealing creatively with symbols or
- aware of the value of symbolism


Technical/Manual Skills:
- typing
- word processing
- computer knowledge
- doing detailed and accurate work


Additional Skills, or Skills Peculiar to the English Discipline:
- reaction to literature in a full and
integrated manner
- scientific study of language
- rhetorical context (audience, purpose,
- synthesizing
- studying language used in variety of
texts (ads, politics, propaganda)


Jobs Obtained by UMM English Graduates
Studies conducted by the UMM Career Center have shown that graduates obtain jobs that are both related to their major and jobs that may not be formally related to the major. Over 57% of the English graduates from 1964-1998 said their job was in the field or related to their undergraduate major. Other Studies have shown that liberal arts graduates find employment that makes use of their skills, special knowledge, values, and interests, even though the employment field may not be related to their academic major. Listed below are some jobs obtained by UMM English graduates:

Academic Advisor
Account Control Representative
Account Manager
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Public Relations
Advertising Marketing
Asian Markets Consultant
Assistant City Administrator
Assistant Manager
Associate Director of Product Development
Benefits Supervisor
Bookstore Manager
Business Analyst
Business Manager
Camping Executive Director
Catalog Sales Division Director
Certification Services Director
Child Care Specialist
Children’s Literature Buyer
Children’s Story Writer
Civil Engineer
Claims Adjuster
Claims Benefit Analyst
Claims Supervisor
Client Services Manager
Clinical Therapist
College Administrator
College Composition Instructor
College Student Activities Administrator
Commodities Trader
Communications Manager
Computer Analyst
Computer Analyst Programmer
Computer Programmer
Conference Coordinator
Construction Services Contract Specialist
Copy Editor
Corporate Computer Trainer
Corporation Communications Writer
Cost Recovery Consultant
County Social Worker
Credit Training Supervisor
Customer Service Supervisor
Director of Volunteer Services
Disability Benefits Analyst
District Manager
District Representative
Domestic Abuse Program Coordinator
Editorial Assistant
Elder Care Administrator
Employee Communications Writer
Employment Counselor
English as a Second Language Teacher
Executive Director
Family Resource Worker
Film Producer
Financial Analyst
Financial Management
Food Scientist
Freelance Writer
Fund Raiser
Fundraising Manager
General Manager
Government Manager
Housing Authority Director
Housing Redevelopment Specialist
Human Resources Analyst
Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Manager
Human Services Manager
Information Systems Analyst
Information Technology Manager
Insurance Adjuster
Insurance Biller
Insurance Claims Processing Auditor
Interior Designer
Interpreter (Hearing Impaired)
Judicial Law Clerk
Lab Technician
Legal Case Worker
Legal Librarian
Library Clerk
Management Consultant
Marketing Manager
Media Director
Media Specialist
Member Services Representative
MIS Manager
Mortgage Loan Closer
Mortgage Services
Motel Owner/Operator
New Accounts Representative
Newspaper Advertising
Newspaper Editor
Nurse's Aid
Office Manager
Office Specialist
Outreach Administrator
Pastoral Associate
Payroll/Pension Supervisor
Pension Benefits Analyst
Photo Type Maker
Physical Therapist
Policy Specialist/Supervisor
Product Manager
Program Coordinator
Program Development Manager
Program Director
Project Coordinator
Project Manager
Promotional Event Planner
Public Information Officer
Public Relations
Publishing Company Editor
Radio News Director
Real Estate Management
Research Interviewer
Residence Hall Director
Residential Facility Program Director
Resort Owner
Retail Advertising Assistant
Retail Sales Manager
Retail Trainer
Scanner Operator
School Counselor
Small Business Owner
Social Worker
Software Technical Documentation Manager
Software Training Specialist
Special Education Teacher
Speech/Language Pathologist
Stockbroker, Bank V.P.
Store Manager
Student Activities Advisor
Supervisory Contracting Officer
Supreme Court Justice Clerk
Systems Analyst
Teacher, Media Generalist
Teacher, English
Teacher, ESL
Teacher, Media Generalist
Teacher, Special Education
Technical Business Analyst
Technical Writer
Telecommunications Coordinator
Television Producer
Theater Box Office Manager
Training Director
Travel Agent
U.S. Postal Clerk
University Administrator
University English Instructor
University Operations Manager
University Program Advisor
Volunteer Coordinator
Worker’s Comp. Specialist
Youth Worker


There are many occupations that do not require a specific undergraduate major; they are often learned as a result of on-the-job training rather than prior education. What is sought among prospective employees is the development of certain skills and abilities that can be developed not only through an academic major but through courses taken as part of one's general education, and through internships, directed studies, tutorials, seminars, study abroad, work-study and summer employment, and volunteer experiences.

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