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News & Events

T-shirts and Totes

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Undergrad Conference

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Author Edson to Visit
Alexander Awarded
Toto Pulls Curtain on..
Internships a Plus
Career Services Helps
Eclectic Wins Award

Faculty & Staff News

New Professor Profile

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Umminger's COASTING

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Alumni News

A Katrina Story

Life After West Georgia

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Job Spotlight on Snow
   

Course Descriptions

 

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Fall 2006

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Job Spotlight: Sara Snow

After graduating in July with a B.A. in English, it was four long months before I found a job working as the Web Content Manager in the Communications and Marketing department at UWG. It may sound as though my job requires that I know a lot of technical languages and programs, but the people who hired me specifically said a degree in English or communication was required.

Although it was necessary to learn certain technical skills, the ability to organize and communicate well was most important. Why? Information architecture and page navigation is the Web equivalent to writing a strong thesis and supporting it with subtopics. If the organization isn’t there, the audience doesn’t understand and gets frustrated. It is my job to edit and proofread the website’s existing content, sometimes writing new content, and to organize the information on the website, answering questions like “Is the information on this page really necessary? Should this section be on a separate page? Will readers understand this?” I also edit various articles and documents for the department, but my main job is to make the website usable by improving the content.

 

Students with degrees in English learn the analytical skills necessary to make information understandable and useful to a large audience. Many professors require that students think critically, but English professors require that students communicate those thoughts effectively. And in order for a company or organization to sell a product, it needs employees who can communicate with its audience. Plus, a minor misspelling or grammatical error can have a major impact on the public image of a company, and English students know how to fix those mistakes. That’s a truly marketable skill!

One very important thing I learned while looking for a job is that it’s important to enhance the thinking and writing skills you learn as an English major with technological applications. I can’t think of one job I applied for that didn’t require knowledge about a certain computer program or application, especially in the editing and publishing field. So if you’re interested in a job like mine, take computer courses, learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Office, try to build a web page from scratch to learn HTML, and play around with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Quark Express (four very important programs to know for print publishing). If you learn how to complement the skills you learn from writing engaging literature papers with technological skills, you too will get a good “first” job in an English-related field.

--Sara Snow


Eclectic Wins Award

The 2005 issue of the Eclectic, headed by Editor-in-Chief Margaret Griffin, recently won first place in the art and literary journal competition at the Southern Literary Festival hosted by Berry College. This prestigious honor rewards the efforts of recent years to expand the Eclectic. The 2005 issue, which nearly doubled in content compared to the previous issue, features broader ranges of literary and art submissions. However, one of the greatest changes to the Eclectic is the inclusion of a compact disc featuring music submissions.

The Eclectic is a campus publication that features various creative pieces from students and alumni. The journal, founded in 1940, features student submissions including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, book reviews, 2-D and 3-D art, and music. The Eclectic strives to give the opportunity for students to showcase their hard work in a professional publication in the fields of literature, art, and music.

--Amelia Lewis