“In addition to well-developed oral and written communication skills, English majors have been noted to have a tremendous capacity for research and critical thinking” Leslie Stevenson (director at University of Richmond’s career development center)–Thanks CareerRookie.com
Marketing is another great option for English majors. Again, a useful double major is communication, as you learn skills for representing and communicating with various industries. However, as many of my fellow English majors will agree, analyzing is an unavoidable task for papers, literature, and other areas, which is inherently linked to critical thinking. Analyzing data and sales is a huge part of a marketing coordinator’s job. You must be able to think big picture while still looking at minute details, which is, essentially, an English paper!
We English majors are also extremely creative. In marketing, advertising is a key component in which they need to think outside the box and get the viewer’s attention. Creative wording, storyline, or appearance is essential.
Planning and organizing meetings and presentations are a huge part of marketing, so if you enjoy public speaking and sharing your ideas, this career may be perfect for you.
I would suggest a double major in Communications, but, in my (biased) opinion, the creativity and skills of an English major are key to being successful in marketing.