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Marymount's English major provides students with much more than an exposure to good literature. The study of literature deepens students' understanding of the moral questions at the center of human experience and of our shared humanity across cultures and across time. Students also extend their range of experience and cultural understanding by examining texts that represent a variety of points of view and historical perspectives.
Marymount’s Washington-area location provides students with access to rich cultural and research institutions that reinforce and broaden their classroom experience.

At the same time, English majors develop a variety of marketable skills with applications in a wide range of fields: skills in close reading, analysis, argument, critical thinking, research, and written and oral communication. Students can choose from one of four options within the major – literature, writing, dramatic arts, media and performance studies, or secondary education – depending on their career goals.

What can you do with a degree in English?

An English major provides students with a versatile preparation for the workplace and for advanced study. Their widely applicable skills enable English majors to pursue careers and graduate work in a variety of fields including law, business, education, advertising, publishing, research, public relations, writing, web editing, and marketing. An English major can easily be combined with a minor in another professional discipline such as business, psychology, communications, or history.

A number of books discuss the many career opportunities for English majors:
  • Great Jobs for English Majors by Julie De Galan and Stephen Lambert
  • What Can You Do with a Major in English: Real people. Real jobs. Real Rewards by Shelley O'Hara
  • Careers for Writers and Others Who Have a Way with Words by Robert Bly
  • I'm an English major, Now What? by Timothy Lemire


Contact Information

Literature & Languages Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
{800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-1500

E-mail: admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass
Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass teaches courses in medieval and early modern literature, and in composition, drama, and film.