Southwestern’s innovative English department is passionate about inspiring creativity, diversity and independent, critical thinking. Through decades of shared experiences, our inventive faculty combines traditional and contemporary literary works with a comprehensive writing curriculum designed to empower our students - helping them to become effective communicators throughout their academic and professional lives.
Many graduates work as teachers in secondary schools and colleges. Other graduates enter professional programs in law, medicine, and business or become qualified to work as reporters, editors, public relations personnel, librarians, copywriters, technical writers, or in administration, advertising, or retail. The website The Salary Reporter notes, “According to a survey of HR professionals . . . the number one skill missing amongst entry–level job applicants is ‘writing skills.’”
English teaching opportunities in denominational schools have been more available than average for several decades. Since an English major graduate learns critical thinking and communication skills, the graduate can choose from a wide variety of fields and careers.
Payscale.com says, “If you want to major in English and earn a lot of money, you don’t have to figure out how to do that as a writer. Take your communication and analytical-thinking skills and apply them in other areas.” The median annual salaries in the following areas include physician (family practice, $149,790), attorney/lawyer ($75,803), proposal manager ($65,000), university professor (assistant level, $63,093), non-profit executive director ($55,200), librarian ($46,915), editor ($46,893), and high school teacher ($44,778).
Students planning to teach at the secondary level must complete a certification program. College teachers have no certification requirements but have completed a master’s degree and usually have begun work toward a doctorate. Most other entry-level jobs require only the B.A. in English.