It can sometimes feel like the path from college courses to one’s dream profession is unclear for an English major or prospective English major. That’s because there are so many paths for an English major to take; the challenge is finding the right one for you. Don’t let these four years pass you by without finding what it is that you want to do. Along the way, you can gain practical knowledge and hands-on skills that will complement your English degree and make you stand out in the job market.

This is your guide to navigating your four years at Fordham as an English major in a way that will best prepare you for post-college life.

 
 

Freshman year

 

Courses

  • Take introductory English courses: Composition II and Texts & Contexts. You’ll get a sense of whether the English major is right for you.

  • Explore other English and Creative Writing courses that interest you while completing the Core Curriculum.  

 

Tools/Research

  • Visit the Office of Career Services to take Workshops 1 and 2. You’ll gain practical skills, learn about job applications and professionalism as well as receive access to Fordham’s Career Link.

  • Thinking Ahead: Create the dream resume that you would like to graduate with in four years. Boom! Now you have goals and your own individualized plan to work from.

  • Look for your dream job on one of these Databases.  What experience and knowledge is required? Plan your time at Fordham accordingly.

  • Follow the English Department on Facebook and sign up for the English Department Newsletter, where we post news on opportunities, internships, fellowships and jobs.

 

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities

  • Join clubs and extracurricular activities that interest you. See the list of Campus Publications.

  • Take advantage of the cultural cornucopia that is New York City. Cultivating your tastes in the arts and culture will sharpen your sense of who you are, what makes you happy, and what kind of job you will thrive in.

  • Work on developing your own distinctive writing style.

 

Program Application

  • If interested, explore applying for the 3-3 Law Program.  An English major is excellent preparation for law school.

Sophomore year

 

Courses

  • Continue completing the Core Curriculum, focusing on classes and subjects that interest you.

  • Declare your English Major or English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing by the end of the fall semester.

  • Begin taking courses in the English Major in the spring semester.

 

Tools/Research

  • Apply to internships through Career Services for the summer after sophomore year and the fall semester of junior year.

  • Contact your dream writers, publications, and/or media companies to see if you can volunteer as a researcher or an intern. Follow all of these on social media.

  • Compose your resume with feedback from Career Services.

  • Commit to developing an online portfolio of work or tangible results from your extracurricular involvement. Some tools to build your online portfolio include Squarespace, Wix, and Tumblr.

 

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities

  • Take a leadership role in publication, clubs/extracurricular activities that interest you. See the list of Campus Publications.


junior year

 

Courses

  • Take the Theory course.

  • Continue working towards completing your English major.

  • Take classes outside of the English major that interest you and align with your professional goals. 

 

Tools/Research

  • Contact your dream writers, publications, and/or media companies to see if you can volunteer as a researcher or an intern. Follow all of these on social media.

  • Polish your resume and receive feedback from Career Services.

  • Attend Career Fairs offered by Career Services

 

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities

  • Take a leadership role in publication, clubs/extracurricular activities that interest you.

 

Apply to Programs


Senior Year

 

Courses

  • Finish up the necessary courses to complete your English major.

  • Take classes outside of the English major that interest you and align with your professional goals. 

 

Tools/Research

  • Contact your dream writers, publications, and/or media companies to see if you can volunteer as a researcher or an intern. Follow all of these on social media.

  • Polish your resume and receive feedback from Career Services.

  • Attend Career Fairs offered by Career Services

 

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities

  • Take a leadership role in publication, clubs/extracurricular activities that interest you.