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Academics at USC Aiken

About English at USC Aiken

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English is designed to be flexible enough to provide the student with an adequate background for graduate studies in English or preparation for such professions as law, medicine, the ministry, advertising, communications, technical writing, and library science.

Internship and Research Opportunities


The English department offers technical or creative writing internships, along with small press and professional journal publication internships, to provide English majors with practical experience and contact with the world of work before they complete their degrees. The following examples give the scope of projects that are possible:

Community-based internships
Each semester students are placed at The Aiken Standard (reporting, editing) and the Aiken Center for the Arts (writing, layout, and design). These internships experiences allow juniors and seniors majoring in English to apply to the workplace what they have learned in the writing classroom.

Technical writing internships
Several students worked with Westinghouse Savannah River and the U.S. Department of Energy to produce the executive summary prefacing the 1995 DOE Defense Waste Processing Environmental Impact Statement.

Career Opportunities

“English is full of possibilities for a career based on solid skill with the written and spoken word, both now and throughout history. English can be marketing when expressed through the medium of copywriting. English can be computer science through technical writing. English can be newspaper reporting or book publishing through the techniques of editing and proofreading. English can be historical through the interpretation and archiving of ancient English and near-English texts. English can be international commerce as well, because English is increasingly the language of global business. English can be art through creative writing in fiction, poetry, and prose.”

-Great Jobs For English Majors

You can find more information about career options by visiting What Can I Do With This Major?

USC Aiken Career Services offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major.

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