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English majors explore the written word through literary study, writing, critical and creative writing, and research. English majors at Duquesne develop a personalized course of study while concentrating in Literary Studies, Writing, or Film Studies. Skills developed represent the bedrock of academic and professional excellence.

Career Fields

Media and Publishing
  • Book and magazine editing
  • Trade, technical and professional journals and newsletters
  • Newspaper, TV and radio reporting and commentary
  • Writing for web outlets
  • Film industry

Strategies: write for the Duquesne Duke; write everything you can; intern with local newspapers and magazines; work with Pittsburgh Filmmakers; study a foreign language for international careers.

Writing and Technical Writing
  • Creative writing (novelist, poet, memoir)
  • Technical manuals and computer applications
  • Medical writing
  • Telecommunications
  • Research and writing for government publications (Federal and state agencies)

Strategies: write for and become involved with Lexicon, the Duquesne Literary Magazine; build technical knowledge in at least one field, such as medical or web; minor in computer science; intern in a technical writing capacity; explore industries such as telecommunications; intern with the federal government.

Business and Government
  • Corporate Communications
  • Political speech writing
  • Writing-related government agencies (Labor, National Archives, FTC, Printing Office)
  • Government affairs specialists for corporations
  • Public and consumer affairs

Strategies: Consider obtaining a certificate in Business while at Duquesne; complete internships in the private sector; write for local government departments and agencies; volunteer in political campaigns in publicity area.

Advertising and Public Relations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Public relations firms
  • Advertising departments of newspapers and magazines
  • Web site advertising

Strategies: intern in several ad and pr agencies; work in ad department of newspaper part time; consider media specialty studies for web; join and take leadership in student professional organizations such as Advertising Club and PRSSA.

  • English teacher in middle or high school
  • Post-secondary teaching in a college, university or community college
  • English as second language (ESL)
  • Information/Library Science
  • Tutoring

Strategies: Gain state of Pennsylvania certification to teach in public schools either concurrently with bachelor’s degree in Education or through post-graduate programs; be prepared to relocate to states where demographics increase the demand for teachers; plan to earn advanced degree (PhD) for college teaching; tutor high school students in writing; work or volunteer in literacy programs or in the Writing Center at Duquesne; search Going Global and other web sites for overseas English teaching jobs.