Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing

Jumpstart your career in language, literature, culture, and writing

The Department of Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing prepares students for jobs in a range of fields in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors. The possibilities for our English and Spanish majors are vast, including but not limited to careers in law, publishing, public relations, grant writing, marketing, sales, copywriting, and social media communication. English and K-12 Spanish teachers are needed in New Jersey and across the United States, and bilingual Spanish, writing, and critical thinking skills are increasingly in demand for both local businesses and international commerce.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries in Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing (PayScale)

Proposal Manager $87,700 Librarian & Media Specialist $61,259 Digital Content Strategy
$152,100 Senior Technical Writer $107,135 Director of Development $112,400 Communication Editorial
$129,970 Learning & Development
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

With its emphasis on close reading and writing skills and its training in critical thinking—skills that are crucial in today’s high-tech global economy—an English degree will help you acquire the tools to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world. Our language students enjoy opportunities to learn and develop outside of the classroom through study abroad experiences, career development workshops, community engagement, and the chance to work with professors on research and present at conferences.

Our students also benefit from departmental opportunities including internships, student-run poetry and fiction publications, guest speakers, an annual writer’s conference, and membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, or Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society.

What You'll Learn

In the Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Written and verbal analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Foreign language skills
  • Knowledge of diverse issues relevant to society

Key Skills for Careers in Language, Literature, Culture, and Writing

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Creative Writing

Critical Thinking

Digital Fluency

Editing & Proofreading


Social Media

Written/Oral Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021