Program Description

Employers in all fields want to hire people who can work independently, exercise creativity, think analytically, and communicate clearly. Studying English at AUM, you’ll:

  • Cultivate sharp, incisive writing, reasoning, and research skills.
  • Satisfy your passion for literature and the centuries of individual and global perspectives it represents
  • Have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning and undergraduate research through internships, mentored research, assistantships, editorial assignments, and more.

English majors go on to rewarding careers as educators, journalists, editors, lawyers, business consultants, public relations specialists, television producers, and more. Internships with local advertising agencies, online and print publications, and other businesses will give you valuable real-world experience.

Points of Pride

  • AUM English majors have undertaken internships in writing and editing, leading to full-time employment in such well-known organizations as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, New South Publishing, and United Business Media.
  • The Department houses several publications, both student- and faculty-run, and students have additional opportunities for hands-on experience through these publications.
  • The Department is especially successful in working with students to get them in print in off-campus publications with national and even international reach.
  • The Department prides itself on a faculty of teacher-scholars whose active scholarly agendas enable them to bring the latest theories and research in English Studies to bear on their classroom teaching and to provide students with opportunities for mentored research.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

An English degree will equip you for numerous fulfilling careers. Employment of media and communication occupations is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 27,600 new jobs. Demand for media and communication occupations is expected to arise from the need to create, edit, translate, and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. The median annual wage for media and communication occupations was $57,530 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

 U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data 
JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2028
Public Relations Specialists$60,0006%
High School Teacher$60,3204%
Technical writer$71,8508%

For More Information

Department of English and Philosophy
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 337

Soaring Warhawks

  • Jonathan Wright and Bebe Barefoot received the prestigious Hudson Strode Scholarship to study for their doctorates at the University of Alabama.
  • Deborah Solomon published seven articles as an AUM student, then received a full scholarship at Florida State University, where she served as the managing editor of The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. She is now a faculty member at in the English Department at Auburn University.

Program Overview

For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

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