Information for

Literature Majors

To me an English major is someone who has decided, against all kinds of pious, prudent advice and all kinds of fears and resistances, to major, quite simply, in becoming a person.

—Mark Edmundson, "The Ideal English Major"


This page contains links to information about the English major Literature concetration at Georgia College & State University, a list of reference books I believe every literature should own, information about applying to graduate school, and links and books highlighting careers for people with English degrees.

The Major

Department of English Website

Creative Writing Concentration Webpage

Literature Concentration Webpage

Books Every Every Literature Major Should Have

Abrams and Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms

Macey, The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Theory

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Oxford English Dictionary

Strunk, The Elements of Style

Graduate School

Blazer, Graduate School and Letters of Recommendation

Oberlin College, Graduate & Professional School Guide


Georgia College & State University, "University Career Center"

Georgia College & State University, "What Can I Do with an English Degree?"

Roosevelt University, "What Can You Do with an English Major?"

Matz, "Careers in English"

Sell Out Your Soul: A Career Guide for Lost Humanities Majors, "35 Awesome Jobs for English Majors"

Strauss, "Why I Hire English Majors"

Supiano, "How Liberal Arts Majors Fare Over the Long Haul"

Curran and Greenwald, Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career

DeGalan and Lambert, Great Jobs for English Majors

Lemire, I'm an English Major--Now What? How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job