Thursday, August 7, 2008

What do you do with a BA in English?

The thing that surprises me more is the fact that more people aren't aware of what a BA in English actually achieves. I found it odd that the English department would push so hard to convince its students that they'd have a future after 4~5 years in English, but if they don't promote, nobody else would. But then, I speak to my father, and he seems to echo the sentiment that the English department seemed to address: what can you do with a BA in English?

It seems that a lot of people aren't aware of what exactly is involved in a university education in English. The literature program has an obvious emphasis on literature, but in doing so, it forces a sensitivity to the differing historical and cultural varieties of English used by the different authors.

So, what can a BA in English get you? Here are some of the more interesting jobs available:
  • Advertising and Commercial scripting/writing
  • Television and Film scripting/writing
  • copywriter and documentation editing (esp. in tech companies like Microsoft and RIM)
  • Any job that doesn't require a specific degree (e.g. Intelligence Officer)
  • Translating/Editing (from free-lance, to technical manuals, to government contracts)
  • English/Language pedagogy (and reinforce the cycle of school...)
I'm sure there's more, but it shouldn't be too difficult to imagine your own. The thing that most people should realise is that communication (between humans) only occurs with language. And given the currency of English in the modern world, it should serve to show that a BA in English would not be disadvantageous at all.


b.p. said...

that's copywriter - someone who writes copy ;)

Joseph said...

thanks! updated. :)