Undergraduate Major Details


What Can I Do With This Major?

About this major

The English major is in the College of Letters and Science.

A great starting point when you are unsure what careers relate to your academic interests. Check out specific job titles, work places and links to related professional organizations:


The following are examples of locations where students in this major have completed internships in past years. If you're a student thinking about participating in an internship, this list is a great place to start your search.

Internship Sponsors
Australian Theatre for Young People
CA Department of Education
CEA C'E' Flo-in-the-go Magazine
CEA C'E' Florentine Mercy Ambulance Service
CEA C'E' La Tinia Art Therapy Center
CEA C'E' Scuola Elementare Pubblica
CommuniCare Health Centers
Concord High School
Davis Dollars
Davis Joint Unified School District
Davis Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center
Davis Senior High School
Dixon High School
Emerson Junior High School
EveryLevel, Inc.
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
International House, Davis
Lincoln High School
Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School
Natomas Charter School
North Davis Elementary School
Office of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
Patwin Elementary School
Peregrine School
Robert E. Willett Elementary School
The Word
UC Davis Human Rights Initiative
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
UC Davis Medical Center (UCDMC)
UC Davis School of Education
UC Davis Student Academic Success Center
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services
UC Davis Student Housing
UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center
UC Davis Writing Ambassadors K-12 - Davis Senior High School
UC Davis Writing Ambassadors K-12 Internship Program - Davis Senior High School
UC Davis Writing Ambassadors K-12 Program - Davis Senior High School
UCDHS Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program
UCDMC Child Life
UCDMC Emergency Room
UCDMC Pediatric Emergency Room
VietNamese Cancer Awareness Education & Research Society
William C. Overfelt High School
Yolo County Visitors Bureau

Graduating Class Demographics

The following are self-reported data from the Internship and Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS). The FDS provides a snapshot of what students in this major do directly following graduation. In some instances, the sample size is too small to report reliable results.

Year Graduating Class Completed First Destination Survey Response Rate
2012-13 218 68 31.2%
2013-14 188 46 24.5%

Post-Graduation Endeavor

Some graduates immediately enter the workforce, whereas others pursue further education. Some have different plans entirely. The table below details what students in this major typically do following graduation.

Year Employed* Seeking Employment Attending Graduate School Other+
2012-13 34.8% 28.8% 25.8% 10.6%
2013-14 47.6% 23.8% 19.0% 9.5%
2014-15 31.1% 40.0% 24.4% 4.4%
2015-16 30.2% 27.9% 36.0% 5.8%
2016-17 33.3% 20.8% 37.5% 8.3%
* Employment includes having any job, not just a full-time career-related position.
+ Other endeavors typically include traveling or family obligations.


Of those students from this major who enter the workforce, the table below lists their employer and job title. This list is not exhaustive, and is just meant to provide basic guidance to upcoming graduates looking to enter the workforce. Check out this diverse list of jobs, and then use it to start your own search.

Companies Position
2C Gaming Writer
American Homes 4 Rent Analyst
AmeriCorps Assistant General Manager
AmeriCorps Teaching Assistant
Ameson Teacher
Analytical Environmental Services (AES) Environmental Analyst
APEX Investigation Assistant Report Editor
Bridge Housing Occupancy Specialist
Cal State Military Museum Museum Rep
Cambell Taylor & Co. Office Manager's Assistant
Campus Crusade for Christ Writer/Editor
Care2 Editorial Assistant
Davis Joint Unified School District Substitute Teacher
Disneyland Resort Disney College Intern
EC LLC AP Associate
Friedemann Goldberg LLP Office Assistant
Gemini Bio-Products Marketing Specialist
Guizho Forerunner Collee Teacher
Jimbo Times Writer, Editor, and Photographer
Kelly Yang Project Head English Teacher
Lions Gate Entertainment Executive Assistant
Local Church Counselor/Activity Leader
Lytrod Software Marketing Assistant
One Health Institute Journalist
Peace Corps TEFL Volunteer
Peet's Coffee and Tea Barista
PopSugar Editorial Assistant
Proper Pantry LLC Operations Manager
Refractive Dialer Marketing Director
Sacramento Kings Corporate Marketing Coordinator
Saint Francis High School and The Diabetic Youth Foundation Summer School Administrative Asst. / Assistant Camp Director
TaLK/EPIK TaLK Scholar
Teach Taiwan Teacher
Teaching Assistant Teacher / Resident Assistant
Tsao-Wu, Chow & Yee LLP Legal Assistant
University Of California (Office of the President) Program Associate
University of California, Davis Business Office Assistant
University of California, Davis Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis Manager
URS Corp Editor
WorldTeach Teacher
Yelp Account Executive

Salary Summary Statistics

The table below presents the salary distribution for recent graduates who reported full-time employment in the FDS. Salaries vary widely by position type and geography. Thus, the numbers below are a rough guide to what graduates in this major can expect to make in a 'typical' entry-level position.

Year Mean Median
2012-13 $34,923 $28,000
2013-14 $29,583 $28,000
2014-15 $37,000 $43,000
2015-17 $36,761 $43,000