Choosing English as a major, second major, minor, or certificate is an incredibly practical decision. You will gain highly marketable skills  that can make you a competitive job candidate in many different sectors, including business, education, government, healthcare, non-profit, science, and technology.

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The ability to apply an English degree to multiple careers stems from the skills obtained in the program:

  • Think critically and solve problems
  • Communicate clearly, critically, and creatively
  • Interpret and analyze text, speech data
  • Edit your writing, as well as others
  • Collaborate with colleagues and clients on projects
While preparing our students for their chosen vocations, the study of English also cultivates a love of reading, thinking, and the virtues of learning as a way of life.​ But you don't have to take our word for it: the Dear English Major website has lots of information on applying your degree to a career, and even the BBC has articles on "Why 'worthless' humanities degrees may set you up for life."

Contact the English Department at english@cmich.edu today to find how a degree in English can fit your career path.