ERIC Number: ED064276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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English: The Pre-Professional Major.
Orange, Linwood E.
An essay to provide documentation evidence that training in English and literature, particularly at the college level, is invaluable in preparation for futures in law, medicine, and business is given. The information in the essay is based on a recent, private survey. The type of student in question was assumed to be above average. The information in this essay is also designed to be a counseling guide. It is pointed out that for years the majority of college advisers have closely supervised the undergraduate education of pre-legal and pre-medical students and have prescribed courses closely related to their chosen professions. Yet a survey of a substantial number of law and medical schools reveals that such specialization is unnecessary and undesirable. It is also pointed out that nearly every student who enters college to prepare for a business career is advised to follow a highly restricted curriculum; yet employers are dissatisfied with managerial employees who specialized before they achieved a well-rounded education. Applicants with a college English background are hired by industry to fill positions in two broad categories: (1) editing, technical writing, and other positions which directly utilize this educational background, and (2) sales, marketing, and other positions that require logical thinking and the facility for exact communication. A list of representative positions and the type of organizations that utilize them and hire English majors is given. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Administration, Business Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), English Curriculum, Essays, Lawyers, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Medicine, Professional Occupations, Surveys, Undergraduate Study
National Council of Teachers of English, Order Department, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (Stock No. 17957: $0.70 prepaid for NCTE members, $0.75 prepaid for nonmembers; 10 or more, $0.50 each)
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Authoring Institution: Modern Language Association of America, New York, NY.