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Other English Literature Major

1,024 yearly degrees
#240 in popularity
$78,000 median salary

English literature (other) is a major that typically falls into the English Language & Literature category.

There are 10 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in other English, 53 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 20 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 9 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting an Other English Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 600 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature (other) in 2017. This major is dominated by women with about 68.2% of recent graduates being female.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of other English majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 3.6%
  • Black or African American: 7.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 9.3%
  • White: 63.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 2.9%
  • Other Races: 13.6%
Other English Literature Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in other English. About 2.9% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending other English majors to the U.S. are China, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

What Will You Learn as an Other English Literature Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to other English to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other English Majors

Other English majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Other English Literature Majors

Skills for Other English Majors

When studying other English, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Other English Literature Majors

Abilities for Other English Majors

As you progress with your other English degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

Important Abilities for other English Majors

What Can You Do With an Other English Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other English:

Careers Related to Other English Literature
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

English Language and Literature Professors



Other English Literature Major Salary

Average salaries range from $78,000 to $78,000 for careers related to other English. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for an Other English Major  ( 78000 to 78000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Other English Literature Major Jobs

Some careers associated with other English may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for other English careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Other English Literature
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Other English Literature Programs

There are 53 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in English literature (other), with 2 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is an Other English Literature Major Worth It?

The median salary for an other English grad is $78,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 101% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $785,000 after 20 years!

English literature (other) salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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