Literature, Language and Writing
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BGS in Literature, Language, & Writing. This program is designed for students who have earned an associate’s degree or equivalent hours and plan to complete a bachelor’s degree. Professional writing courses are included. The degree can be completed in its entirety only at the KU Edwards Campus. A degree from the Edwards Campus is a degree from KU. A minor in English also can be completed at the KU Edwards Campus.
Sample of Related Skills
- Describe characteristics of literature in English from diverse literary historical periods and cultures
- Apply literary terminology for narrative, poetic, and dramatic genres
- Use literary critical perspectives to generate original analysis of literature in English
- Compose diverse researched and/or original texts in varied genres and formats, using various composing processes, technologies, and/or multimodal formats
- Identify the salient features of literary texts from a broad range of English and American literary periods (Specialized Knowledge)
- Employ knowledge of literary traditions to produce imaginative writing (Communication Fluency/Applied Learning)
Popular Career Paths
Advertising & Public Relations: Concerns communicating the message of certain products, programs, and organizations and generally requires creativity and strong communication skills.
Business Administration & Management: Allows one to utilize strong communication skills to effectively manage employees, develop correspondence, write business memos and proposals, and more.
Teaching: Requires capabilities beyond knowing and loving the subject, such as curriculum development, classroom management, lesson plan development, and classroom modification.
Technical Writing: Includes taking complex material and making it more user-friendly and/or writing documents, manuals, books, etc. for those who are already familiar with the material.
Writing, Editing, & Publishing: Involves careers in newspapers and magazines, book publishing, freelancing, arts and entertainment, and radio and television.
Explore More Career Paths
- Best Websites for Writers: Jobs and Markets - helpful resources for writers
- Alternative Jobs for New Writers - ideas for careers in writing
- Kansas Alternative Teaching License Information - link to the Kansas State Department of Education's alternative teaching track site
- The Author's Guild - resources including a Model Book Contract and Writer's Legal Guide
- Writers Guild of America - tools and resources for writers, including information on various fields of writing
- Writing Careers for the 21st Century - information on up-and-coming careers in writing
Jobs to Consider
- Book Editor
- Book Reviewer
- Bureau Reporter
- Corporate Communications Director
- Copy Writer
- Customer Service Representative
- Fundraiser/Development Coordinator
- Human Resources Manager
- Insurance Claims Agent
- Legal Secretary/Paralegal
- Media Buyer
- Medical Writer
- Press Secretary
- Public Relations Manager
- Technical Editor
Places to Seek Employment
- Advertising, Marketing, & Public Relations Firms
- Book Stores
- Consulting Firms
- Corporate Companies: HR/Communications Divisions
- Educational Institutions, Especially in Higher Education
- Insurance Agencies
- Law Firms
- Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
- Newspapers & Magazines
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Publishing Companies
- Self-Employed/Freelance Writing
- Think Tanks
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Bookjobs - job and internship resources, general information on the world of publishing, an informational video, and more
- Ed(2010) Whisper Jobs - job and internship listings, as well as salary and contact information for various companies in the publishing and journalism industries.
- StudentFreelance - a list of freelance opportunities for students only
Career Exploration Hub
- Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields.
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internships, part-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
- Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.