“What can I do with an English Major?”

People used to assume that an English major was bound to end up as an English teacher.┬á However, in this information age, there is an ever-increasing demand in business and the professions for people who are capable of intelligent, literate speech and writing. English majors also develop a versatility and flexibility of mind characteristic of liberal-arts graduates: consequently, they are well prepared to “do” any number of things. In other words, an English major does not just train you for a single career, but, rather, helps you develop intellectual abilities and work habits relevant to many different kinds of professional paths and careers.

Recent Georgetown College English graduates have become successful as:

  • public relations directors
  • journalists
  • bankers
  • business professionals
  • technical writers
  • computer systems analysts
  • legislative assistants
  • librarians
  • teachers
  • lawyers
  • preachers
  • TV news directors
  • college and university professors and administrators
  • entrepreneurs
  • communication directors
  • state and federal government employees
  • doctors
  • public policy organization administrators
  • writers
  • editors

Recent English alumni have entered graduate school to pursue a wide variety of fields, including:

  • business
  • public relations
  • editing
  • creative writing
  • divinity
  • education
  • literature
  • linguistics
  • higher education administration
  • law
  • journalism
  • medicine (The new MCAT test involves a large written component, and English majors and minors who also have majors or minors in the sciences have done well.)

Recent English Department alumni have gone to graduate school at:

  • University of Chicago
  • Yale Divinity School
  • Indiana University
  • Emory University
  • University of California-Davis
  • Ohio State University
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville
  • University of Florida
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Rice
  • Baylor
  • University of Washington
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Rochester University
  • University of Toronto

Additionally, five of our recent English majors have won prestigious Fulbright grants for graduate study abroad.

To see in more detail what some of our recent graduates have done with their English majors, check out our departmental Alumni page.

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