The English Major After Graduation
The English department works closely with the School of Education to ensure that English majors who wish to teach high-school English are well prepared to do so and proceed smoothly towards both their degree in English and certification as teachers.
Regardless of the year in which they arrived at Loyola, students seeking certification must take all requirements for the 2001 Major and, in addition, use two of their electives to take English 303 (a grammar course designed primarily for prospective teachers) and English 396 (the methods course for high-school teachers of English), which is cross-listed with CIEP M61 in the School of Education. English-education majors are also required to take Adolescent Literature (CIEP 350) in the School of Education.
In addition to their English major, English-education majors take a minor in education leading to certification as teachers. Students planning to teach should see Ms. Robbie Jones in the School of Education by the beginning of their sophomore year (or sooner) to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements for the minor and for teaching in the State of Illinois.
The assistant director of undergraduate programs for teacher preparation in the Department of English, Catherine Fitzgerald, serves as liaison with the School of Education and advises English-education majors as they fulfill the requirements of both their major in English and their minor in education.
Students planning to go to graduate school will need to take the GRE exam, probably both the general exam and the subject exam in English.
Aside from teaching, the law, editing, publishing, public relations and journalism continue to be traditional areas in which the English degree is welcomed, although an undergraduate degree in English can serve as a good basis for many different graduate and professional programs, including medical school. The habit of critical thinking, the ability to analyze culture and the speaking and writing skills that the study of literature provides are a good foundation for many professions.
The Counseling Center has a library of career materials and offers tests for students needing help in a career choice. Career information is also available at the Career Development Center.
Each year, the English department sponsors a career workshop focusing on the general challenges and opportunities facing English majors after graduation, and/or on specific careers (secondary education, publishing, etc.). All English majors, regardless of their year in school, are invited to attend.