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What Kind of Job Can I Get with a Major from LLW?

You should not study in the Department of Language, Literature, and Writing because you want a job. You should study in our department because you want any job.

The 2015 Job Outlook Survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that, when hiring managers review at resumes, 73.4% look for written communication skills, 70.9% look for problem-solving skills, and 67% look for verbal communication skills.

These are the skills you'll cultivate in the Department of Language, Literature, and Writing. LLW students and faculty work with writing, argumentation, and language, because we want to understand the human experience, engage the problems of our time, and solve the challenges we encounter. As a student in LLW, you'll think. deeply about issues and arguments. You'll understand people and problems so that you can work toward solutions. You'll communicate accurately, effectively, and persuasively to turn your ideas into actions that improve the world.

So you shouldn't join LLW because you want a specific job. You should join LLW because you know that, whatever job you do, you will need to be a flexible, dynamic, and intelligent professional, who can adapt to a changing world, solve problems, and communicate with people.

Those are the things we do every day in the Department of Language, Literature, and Writing

Profession-Based Experiences

  • Students in professional writing complete practicum-based exercises in genres of the workplace, including real-world projects for regional businesses and organizations.
  • GreenTower Press is a small press supported by the department that publishes a highly lauded literary magazine, The Laurel Review. Each term, student interns gain professional publishing experience with GreenTower Press and The Laurel Review.
  • Elementary, middle and high school teacher candidates acquire not only the certification required for success in the classroom, but also the skills and experiences necessary to make meaningful and lasting change in future students’ lives and communities.
  • Advanced students in Spanish work as practitioners and service providers, in capacities that range from language tutoring to grant-funded outreach in schools and minority-language communities.
  • Through the Writing Center, students have the opportunity to work as writing fellows alongside faculty in the college classroom.
  • Advanced Spanish and ASL students work as tutors and language partners in the Modern Languages lab.