Why major in English?

Why major in English?

Why major in English?

English Majors:
    • Gain the “soft skills” more than 80% of employers want:
      • Communications skills;
      • Research and writing experience;
      • Cultural knowledge and sensitivity;
      • Humanist qualities, values, and perspectives (intellectual curiosity, creativity, independence, flexibility, empathy, compassion, etc.).
    • Are the best critical thinkers:
    • Get excellent jobs in a wide variety of fields:
      • Education (K-12, higher ed);
      • Publishing; journalism; professional writing;
      • The cultural sector (arts organizations, non-profits);
      • Advertising, marketing, financial analysis;
      • Management, human resources, public relations, government;
      • Technology: according to the Strada/Emsi “Robot Ready” report, more Humanities graduates are now entering the technology sector workforce than computer science and engineering graduates;
      • Medicine, law, and business;
      • And more!
    • Outperform other majors on entrance exams for professional school (law school, medical school, and business school):
    • Are upwardly mobile:
      • According to data collected by Humanitiesindicators.org:
        • Median income for graduates with BAs in English (without additional graduate training) is currently $50K+ a year.
        • Humanities graduates make more over the course of their careers, and are more upwardly mobile than graduates in many other fields (including Business Management and Accounting, Engineering, and Health and Medical Sciences).
    • Are prepared for the world—and the jobs—of the future:
      • According to the Strada/Emsi “Robot Ready” report,
        • “Futurists estimate that up to 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.”
        • The skill sets least likely to obsolesce in the face of widespread automation are the “human+” skills that Humanities disciplines like English cultivate: “Human skills, like leadership, communication, and problem solving, are among the most in-demand skills in the labor market.”
    • Love what they do!
      • According to data compiled by Humanitiesindicators.org and the National Humanities Alliance:
        • 87% of Humanities graduates report that they are happy with their jobs;
        • 72% report being “deeply interested” in the work they do on a daily basis;
        • 70% report that they have the “opportunity to do what [they] do best every day”;
        • 78% report living their “best possible life,” and 90% believe they are either living their best possible life or will be within five years.