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When you choose to study English at Illinois College, you will have the freedom to explore various career opportunities related to the written word. 

Faculty and staff will guide you to learn about the larger field of English studies and the many opportunities it contains. You will have access to internships and hands-on practice inside and outside of the classroom to develop valuable professional skills. 

Majors in English are prepared for graduate school and a variety of careers. You will specialize in one of three distinct concentrations to prepare for a successful, meaningful career based in  English: 

  • The editing and publishing program will prepare you for a career in editing, marketing, communications, business and public relations. This innovative program covers changes to the field as evolving technology influences new media forms. 
  • The literature program will foster your passion and offer a global vision of written works. This program is excellent preparation for law school and a wide range of professional careers in areas like law and library science.
  • The writing program (choose either expository or creative) will introduce you to a blend of writing workshops and literature courses so you can improve your writing within a nurturing community. Graduates are prepared for meaningful careers in writing, content management, game design, grant writing, editing, public relations, social media, magazine publishing, technical writing and a host of other fields.