Literature Major

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The Literature concentration introduces students to the study of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama to develop critical reading, writing, and analytical skills. A concentration in Literature teaches students to develop their own clear, persuasive voices and to hone the valuable research skills that enable students to choose careers paths like editing, higher education, and the law.  Students who enjoy the historical and creative aspects of literature, from Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling, Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen King, Mary Wollstonecraft to Maya Angelou, will be interested in a Literature concentration.

Potential Careers

  • Production Manager
  • Permissions Manager
  • Publicist
  • Literary Agent
  • Print Editor
  • Digital Content Editor
  • Author of Fiction, Poetry, Drama
  • Grant Writer
  • Author of Nonfiction
  • Scriptwriter
  • Video Game Writer
  • Critic
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Writing Center Director
  • English Professor
  • English Instructor
  • Librarian
  • Archivist
  • Editor
  • Podcast Producer
  • Fact Checker
  • Copyeditor
  • Marketing Manager
  • Advertising Director
  • Event Planner
  • Politician
  • Lobbyist
  • Speechwriter
  • Fundraiser
  • Policy Analyst
  • Spokesperson
  • Campaign Manager
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Recruiter
  • Business Analyst
  • Career Counselor
  • Law Clerk
  • Judge
  • Attorney
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal

Median Annual Salary

Publicist

$118,430

Print Editor

$73,910

Author of Fiction, Poetry, Drama

$67,120

Grant Writer

$78,590

Author of Nonfiction

$67,120

Scriptwriter

$67,120

Director

$76,400

Producer

$76,400

Screenwriter

$67,120

Higher Education Administrator

$97,500

English Professor

$81,340

Librarian

$60,820

Archivist

$55,470

Editor

$63,400

Copyeditor

$63,400

Marketing Manager

$142,170

Event Planner

$51,560

Fundraiser

$59,610

Customer Service Representative

$38,510

Administrative Assistant

$40,990

Public Relations Manager

$118,430

Sales Representative

$65,420

Business Analyst

$87,660

Career Counselor

$58,120

Law Clerk

$40,930

Judge

$97,520

Attorney

$126,930

Legal Researcher

$126,930

Paralegal

$52,920

*Median annual salaries are from The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics