Concordia’s Department of English offers a selection of undergraduate degrees that will allow students to combine literature, creative writing, history, and professional writing. The combined English and Creative Writing degree allows you to both work on your craft as a creative writer, and develop a broad context in which to see your own writing through the academic study of English Literature.
Studying literature will sharpen your abilities as a critical reader, thinker and writer, and invite you to imagine alternative worlds and perspectives. Our Students benefit from a unique combination of outstanding academic and creative writing faculty in a remarkably stimulating milieu for learning and growing as thinkers, writers, and communicators.
As a student in the Department of English, you will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, some of which are listed below. Your transferrable skills can be applied to many different jobs and situations that go beyond your field of study.
Conduct research to establish factual content and to obtain other necessary information
High proficiency in reading, writing, speaking
Knowledge of the structure and function of language
Read and analyze written materials, extract important points and summarize ideas
Strong grammar and vocabulary
Understanding of literature / literary criticism
Conceive and write novels, plays, scripts, poetry and other material for publication or presentation
Analyze material, write manuals, user guides and other documents to explain clearly and concisely the installation, operation and maintenance of software and electronic, mechanical and other equipment
Study and determine selling features of products and services and write text for advertisements and commercials
Communicate ideas clearly by listening carefully and responding
Read critically and write persuasively
Explain complex concepts and ideas to others effectively
Write reports and essay
Explain complex concepts and theories to others
Interact with others and build professional relationships
Manage tasks and meet deadlines
Work under pressure
Influence and persuade
Make decisions and use sound judgement
Give and receive feedback
Lead and follow
Observe and interpret data
Analyze and evaluate conflicting information to make a good judgement or conclusion
Understand complex problems and identify solutions
Potential work settings
Below are examples of work settings where you can gain experience and develop your skills in your field of study.
Advertising and Marketing Agencies
Art Galleries and Museums
Community and Non-Proﬁt Organizations
Cultural and Historical Societies
Government (Municipal, Provincial, Federal)
International Development Agencies
Magazines / Newspapers
Public Relations Firms
Radio / Television Networks
Real Estate Firms
Travel and Tourism Agencies
Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree
Please note that many positions listed below may require related extra-curricular activities, volunteer or work experience.
Explore the types of jobs for each industry and find out about required skills, education level and salary ranges in Canada:
Occupation - Government of Canada Job Bank: Find out about job prospects, wages and skills for specific job titles. You can use the job titles listed in the Career Possibilities – Bachelor degree and Career Possibilities – Beyond the bachelor degree for your search.
To get help with your career exploration and goal setting, book an appointment with a career counsellor. For job search tips on finding the job you want, book an appointment with a career advisor.
To book an appointment with either professional, please call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345
*Only current Concordia students and recent alumni can access this service
Networking and professional associations
Connect with professionals in the field and professional associations to find out what a day in your career of choice looks like. Professional associations websites also provide useful career descriptions and job hunting tips, and sometimes list job openings and potential employers. You can also attend one of our career workshops, career fairs or career panels to get a head start.