English (Literature) (BA)
Accelerated Program

Students in the literature concentration of the BA program in English study texts and cultures from the earliest writings in English to contemporary expressions, on paper, online and out in the world. They learn to read critically, analyze representations and understand how stories work to define the human experience.

The program offers students the opportunity to engage with faculty in exploring American and British literature, critical theories and methods and interdisciplinary studies. Students choose from a broad array of courses to further explore subjects such as race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality and literary histories and traditions.

Students can gain practical experience through research, writing and internships that prepare them for an ever-expanding variety of careers. The undergraduate programs also prepare students to continue their studies in graduate and professional programs.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements. https://thecollege.asu.edu/concurrent-and-second-baccalaureate-degrees

Degree Offered

English (Literature) (BA)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of


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Career Outlook

With a degree in English, graduates' career options are virtually endless. Employers in all fields are always looking for those with strong writing and other communication skills and the ability to think critically. Some of the most common professions for English majors are in these fields:

  • business
  • journalism
  • law
  • medicine
  • nonprofit community service
  • professional writing and editing
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • web content development

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Writers and Authors-2.3%$67,120
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary2.1%$69,000
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers-2.3%$67,120
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Public Relations Specialists 7.2%$62,810
Technical Writers 7.4%$74,650
Interpreters and Translators 20%$52,330

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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