Department of English

Careers in English

Career Options

Majoring in English gives you a huge range of career options. As an English major, you will acquire skills in writing, critical thinking, research, and analysis that are highly marketable in the workforce. Many English majors become teachers, journalists, business and technical writers, actors, librarians, or lawyers, while others work in print or web publishing and many other fields.

Visit the UMass Lowell Career Services and Cooperative Education Center and click on "What can I do with this major?" for an extensive list of career options for English majors.

Check out the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for information on job opportunities.

Take advantage of internships, practica, and experiential learning through the English Department. See the Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities (doc).

Read one (or all) of the following books:

  • "I'm an English Major - Now What?" by Timothy Lemire
  • "What Can I Do with a Major in English: Real people. Real jobs. Real rewards." by Shelley O'Hara
  • "Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career" by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald.

Elementary and Secondary Teaching

For English majors interested in elementary or secondary school teaching, UMass Lowell's Graduate School of Education's Fast Track Program provides the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in a total of five years. For more information, contact Vera Ossen, Ed.D. in the Graduate School of Education.

Fast Track Program

Do you want to teach English at the middle school or high school level? The Fast Track program allows high-achieving UMass Lowell students to participate in a five-year program leading to a B.A. in English, a Master’s of Education degree and initial license in the state of Massachusetts. The advantage of the Fast Track program is that qualified seniors can take two graduate courses in the spring of their senior year (leaving only five classes to take with a 12-week practicum) paying undergraduate prices. These two courses count for both the BA degree and the M.Ed degree. Thus students save both time and money! Such students also have opportunities for early advisement and scholarship opportunities.

English majors apply to the Fast Track program in the fall of their senior year, typically by December 1st; those who anticipate graduating early can apply in the spring of the junior year. Applicants are expected to have a minimum GPA of 3.0; applicants must pass the MTELs (Mass. Test for Educator Licensure) exam in Communication and Literacy Skills, as well as in the English subject Area. It is recommended that applicants take the MTELS in the early spring of their junior year or early fall of their senior year.

Students wishing to enroll in the Fast Track Program can find additional information on the Graduate School of Education webpage and the Become a Teacher webpage. They can also contact Pat Fontaine via email at: Patricia_Fontaine@uml.edu

Graduate School

As you think about graduate school and explore your career options, consult your advisor and the UMass Lowell Career Services and Cooperative Education Center for valuable information. Following is another UMass Lowell resource: