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.

Department of Literature, Language, & Writing website

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. 

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Jobs to Consider

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
  • Libraries
  • 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

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.