Lauren Kaufman, an English literature major, talks
with Alexander McCall Smith
(author of the
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) after his lecture at FSC in 2008.
"An English major? What can you do with that?"
Actually, the question is, "What can't you do as an English major?" Consider this: an employer can train you to do a specific job, but an employer cannot teach you to think critically, to respond intelligently, to analyze and synthesize, to communicate your thoughts and ideas, especially in writing. Having these skills--which you develop as an English major--gives
you the opportunity to do almost anything. Certainly some fields will require additional education and experience (you can't walk off the stage at graduation and into the courtroom as a trial attorney), but the skills and knowledge you will have gained from being an English major at Florida Southern College will give you a decided advantage in whatever field you choose.
FSC Career Center Information Sheet for English Majors
English majors have gone into many fields--law, journalism, editing, publishing, education, social services, computer services, acting, management, sales, government services, even the medical field. Here's what some recent English majors from FSC have gone on to do: