Do you enjoy getting lost in a library with an English classic hanging just inches away from your nose? Or perhaps writing comes naturally to you and you view a blank page like it’s an open playground. If this describes you, then you might enjoy exploring classical literature and strengthening your wordcraft by studying English.

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UTSA’s English Program

At UTSA, you can earn an English degree with an optional concentration in either Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or English Language Arts and Reading. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. In this program, you’ll take liberal arts and humanities courses to cover a broad range of topics like American and British literature, linguistics, rhetoric, writing, cross-cultural ethnic studies, gender studies and more. A degree in English will prepare you for careers as a writer, editor, high school teacher, public relations specialist, or serve as a stepping stone to further your education in graduate school.

Careers in English

Top job titles for English graduates include:

• Technical Writer
• Editor
• College Professor
• Writer
• Language Arts Teacher
• Copywriter

English and its related career pathways are currently in higher than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Seattle WA, Chicago, IL and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 English-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Industries for English Graduates

English is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of English-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Higher Education
• Architecture and Engineering Services
• Employment Services
• Junior Colleges

Salaries for English Graduates

The salary range for open English-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $40,494
median $61,945
top 10% $83,963

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for English Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an English graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. English may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy writing and sharing stories
• You enjoy teaching and mentoring
• You are well organized
• You work well with others
• You like being creative and artistic

Scholarships Offered:

  • John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with a declared major in a liberal arts discipline within COLFA.
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Undergraduate students pursuing BA IDS with bilingual teaching certification for EC-6th and or 4-8th grades levels.
    • Graduate students pursuing a M.A. in Bicultural-Bilingual Education, or a M.A. in Bicultural Studies.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for undergraduates
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduates
    • Undergraduates must be members in good standing of BESO
    • Graduates must be members in good standing of GLOBE.
  • The Belinda Villarreal-Nelson Memorial Scholarship
    • Full-time undergraduate or post-bac students seeking teaching certification in one the following areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Bilingual Education, Special Education.
  • The Vanessa Aliyah Harrison Memorial Scholarship
    • Open to undergraduate students who will be enrolled in their clinical teaching next semester seeking Teacher Certification in 4 – 8 Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies (LARSS), or a B.A. in English with Teacher Certification in Secondary English. Accelerated Certification Program (Post-Baccalaureate) students seeking teacher certification at the undergraduate level in 4 – 8 LARSS or Secondary (7 – 12th grade) English may also apply.
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • The Tomás Rivera Scholarship Fund
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Must be from San Antonio or South Texas
    • Must be a first-generation college student
    • Must be fluent in a language other than English
  • Paricutin Civic and Educational Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
    • Scholarships shall be provided to entering freshmen who are San Antonio residents and are U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens
    • Must enroll full time and remain in good academic standing while on this scholarship
    • Applicants must be high school graduates of Harlandale, Edgewood or San Antonio ISD.

Student Life

At UTSA, you can earn an English degree with an optional concentration in either Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or English Language Arts and Reading. Concentrations are declared after you’ve been admitted and have met with your academic advisor. In this program, you’ll take liberal arts and humanities courses to cover a broad range of topics like American and British literature, linguistics, rhetoric, writing, cross-cultural ethnic studies, gender studies and more. A degree in English will prepare you for careers as a writer, editor, high school teacher, public relations specialist, or serve as a stepping stone to further your education in graduate school.


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Alayah Benavidez ’20

English Major

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