English, Literature, and Writing Studies

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Career & Advancement

The ability to read well and write effectively is essential to success in the workplace, in higher education and in life. Since employers seek employees who can read, write and use critical thinking skills, the good language skills acquired in English classes can lead to opportunities in the media, technical writing, Web development, journalism and public relations, among others.

Globalization and the Internet media explosion are creating even greater demand for strong writing capabilities. Locally, many of Seattle’s big companies like Microsoft and Amazon, as well as non-profits and independent businesses, set a high standard for effective communication and expression.

If you are a good reader and can write well, you are also better prepared for university studies and graduate programs. English majors often move on to study law, political science, the humanities, the social sciences, technology, communication and health/medical fields.