"The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."
~ Mark Twain
What is English?
English is the study of literature and writing which includes the interpretation and analyses of texts. Students at WPUNJ can choose to concentrate in literature or writing and take courses in English, American and comparative literature; linguistics, criticism and writing; or contemporary themes in literature and film. The communication skills gained in this program are essential for gaining careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, and in all areas of business. In addition, English is also a popular major for students who have plans to go on for law and graduate degrees.
To learn more about the degree requirements, please visit this link:
WPUNJ Admissions information on English is located here:
Note: students that choose to major in English and Education have different curriculum requirements.
Interests and Skills
- Ability to Clarify ideas
- Can edit and summarize ideas
- Problem -solving
- Exemplary writing and communication skills
- Research and analytical Skills
People who graduate with a degree in English can work in a variety of different settings. They may work in large corporations, government agencies, or at internet sites. In addition, they may pursue working for newspaper, magazine, or book publishers in a variety of different capacities. Graduates might work in schools and libraries. Universities and university presses provide additional opportunities for employment. Other options include pursuing employment in law firms, non-profit companies and broadcast media companies.
Possible Job Titles
Advertising Traffic Manager
Consumer Affairs Specialist
Crossword Puzzle Creator
Editorial Assistant Education & Training Specialist
Educational Program Specialist
Foreign Service Representative
Greeting Card Writer
Interpreter & Translator
Peace Corps Volunteer
Special Concerns Advocate
Special Events Coordinator
Writer Public Speaker
Enhance Your Qualificaitons
Students in the English major at William Paterson have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience. Students can contact the department about internships in publishing and the arts. Also, many students find that a study abroad for a cultural experience that will enhance their curriculum. Finally, students can join the English Club (Essence Literary Magazine) and write for the Beacon Newspaper to help enhance their writing abilities and experience. The department also offers membership to Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, to students who meet certain GPA requirements. Students can contact the department for more information.
Related Web Sites
Magazine Publishers of America www.magazine.org
National Newspaper Publishing Association www.nnpa.org
National Writers Unionhttp://www.nwu.org/
Association of American Publishers www.publishers.org
Association of Authors and Publishershttp://www.authorsandpublishers.org/
Association of Directory of Publishers www.adp.org
Investigative Reporters & Editors http://www.ire.org/
Other Sources of Information
Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in English. The career library carries career-specific books and counselors are available to answer any further questions you may have. Visiting the English department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.