Careers for English Majors

Confused about how the study of English relates to the real world? Good news! Studying English prepares you for a wide variety of careers. Currently employed alumni of the English program have become respected professionals in their fields. Their job titles include:

Author
Communications consultant
Copywriter
Corporate correspondent
Grant writer
Journalist
Middle-school teacher
High-school teacher
Human resources professional
Sports information director
Librarian
Public relations director
Community college instructor
High school administrator
Lawyer

Studying English can prepare you for many options that don’t immediately come to mind when you tell your family you’re studying literature at college. For instance, according to the Modern Language Association, English is a recommended Pre-Medical major because clear communication skills are necessary when lives are at stake. English majors across the nation also find careers in

Banking
Business
Advertising
Public Relations
Publishing
Editing

The skills you will develop as an English major help you analyze the facts and come up with innovative solutions. A talent for using language, writing and communicating with others, will prepare you for a whole world of careers.

For more information about careers for English majors, visit the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center’s site or contact our department to speak with a faculty advisor. The world is at your fingertips. Are you ready?

FHSU English Graduates: Out in the World



Kindra Degenhardt (2010)
Administrative Specialist
Fort Hays State University Provost's Office
Hays, KS

I am an administrative specialist in the Office of the Provost at Fort Hays State University. My main duties include updating the University Catalog, distributing honor roll cards, planning and executing a variety of commencement components, implementing new software and programs, maintaining different content management systems, writing speeches, and designing a variety of media publications, such as brochures, commencement programs, journal covers, etc. Fort Hays State University definitely created a foundation for me to build my career. Having two bachelor degrees, I feel that I have a strong working knowledge of writing and communication principles. All jobs require these two pertinent skills. Most of my job tasks are directly related to those concepts and practical skills that I learned within the Communication Studies curriculum; especially those in desktop publishing. In addition, I felt I had a strong connection with my Communication Studies' instructors. One even took the time to privately instruct me through a whole class my last semester. Currently, I am working on my graduate degree. I am so thankful for receiving an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies because it introduced me to the basic APA writing concepts and research techniques that I use today.

Jessie Irvin (2008)
MFA Student/GTA
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

At FHSU, I was a member of the Society of Physics Students, serving as Secretary and Vice President, and was inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma and Sigma Tau Delta. During the summer after my sophomore year, I went to another university for an internship in condensed matter physics, through the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP). My English and Physics backgrounds, as well as my interest in technical writing, helped me get a summer position at Brooks-City Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in 2007.  I worked in the Scientific and Technical Information Office. While all my English classes were invaluable to me, here is an example of a class that really made a difference: Writing for Publication and Writing for the Popular Press introduced me to the publishing world, and provided me with so much useful information about how to submit material, write cover letters, and ultimately get published (I'm still working on that last part).