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The University of Maryland Department of English combines an innovative liberal arts education with practical career skills that last a lifetime.

English Careers


English graduates are in full-time jobs or graduate school within six months.

Recent Career Placements

  • Marketing and Sales Associate, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Human Resources Coordinator, National Institutes of Health
  • Assistant Acquisitions Editor, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • Research Assistant, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Law Student, New York University
  • Associate Producer, WJZ | CBS Baltimore
  • Teacher, Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Risk Advisory Consultant, Deloitte
  • Creative Content Writer, Visme
  • Senior Paralegal, Law Offices of Mark Shmueli
  • Technical Writer, International Software Systems
  • Management Analyst, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Associate Technical Editor, Vectrus
  • ABA Senior Therapist, Behavioral Health Works

English majors make competitive salaries

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Winter 2019 Salary Survey, English majors earn among the highest starting salaries compared to graduates majoring in Business, Accounting, Economics, Marketing, and other majors in the Humanities.

“English’s focus on analyzing, interpreting, and forming compelling arguments has greatly aided me in the professional world. I use those skills daily to conform video to technical specifications and communicate with international clients.”

Melissa Eck, Class of 2017 Special Operations Coordinator, National Geographic Partners

English Major Basics

The major is 36 credits (12 courses)
Many students combine English with another major or minor.

Four Tracks:
Literary and Cultural Studies
Language, Writing, and Rhetoric
Media Studies
Creative Writing

Historical Study and Cultural Differences

Writing and Critical and Creative Methods


Explore our Academic Programs

“Many are unaware of the curricular diversity offered in the English major. I studied topics ranging from Shakespeare to social media, and developed rhetorical skills that I can readily apply to the ever-changing technological world. The department helped me find two great internships and I feel equipped for a plethora of careers!”

Faith Breads, Class of 2018 Special Assistant, Carr Properties

English @ Work

Credit-Bearing Internships

Count up to six credits of internship toward your degree

Departmental internship opportunities include: Maryland General Assembly | University Writing Center | Emily Dickinson Electronic Archive

External internships: Writing- or research-intensive positions in the D.C.-Baltimore area, including with partner institutions such as Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

“I added an English degree to my Biology major in order to develop my creative and critical thinking skills. I’m pursuing a career in medicine, and English fostered my imaginative empathy so I can better understand and help patients.”

Radhika Tyagi, Class of 2018 Medical Associate, Screiber Allergy

Ready to declare the English major?

Email to set up an appointment with an English advisor. In your appointment, you will discuss the English major requirements, review any courses you have already taken, create an academic plan for the next few semesters and receive a form to declare your major through the College of Arts and Humanities.

Contact Us

Scott Trudell

Director of Undergraduate Studies, English
Associate Professor, English
Affiliate Faculty, School of Music

1128E Tawes Hall
College Park MD, 20742