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Study English with an emphasis on writing and you'll discover that the written word is a dynamic medium.

What are recent graduates doing now?

Jennifer Aspengren ’98 went on to get a Masters of Public Policy degree with a specialty in urban policy and nonprofit management from the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, in 2003. She is currently serving as a director of Ashoka Twin Cities, a nonprofit organization.

Melodie Fox ’96 went on to earn an M.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MLIS at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is near completion of a Ph.D. in information studies, also from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is currently serving as the Dean of Instruction at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee.

Dustin Luke Nelson ’07 is a founding editor and contributor at InDigest Magazine. His writing has appeared in numerous online and paper publications and his films have appeared in a number of festivals. He is also the marketing director at Le Poisson Rouge, a multimedia art cabaret in New York.

Daniel Thiede ’07 works for a partnership called Clean Energy Resource Teams, housed on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. He also serves as a communications consultant with World Citizen, a nonprofit in St. Paul that empowers the education community to promote a just and peaceful world through activities for children and youth.

Paul Tigan ’02 went on to get a J.D. from the University of Denver and is currently a Legislative Specialist at the Bureau of Land Management.


Study Abroad Opportunities

We coordinate with our International Education office to offer a broad array of possibilities for overseas study. Most English majors who choose this kind of experience go to the United Kingdom or Australia, where the international experience enhances not only their academic knowledge of literature but also gives them a broader awareness of cultural differences that affect written communication.


Faculty Involvement

Our faculty members are distinguished poets, short story writers, and writers of books of literary nonfiction. Some teach regularly in short-term programs at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and others are regularly published in literary journals and in general-interest magazines like GQ.


Internship Opportunities

We’ve had an ongoing internship relationship with a local personnel firm, Personnel Decisions International. We’ve also had students intern at Milkweed Editions, Gray Wolf Press, Coffee House Press, and the Loft Literary Center. Other writing-related internships are available through Communications/Journalism as well, which many of our majors take as a minor or co-major.

What jobs are possible with an English major (with a writing emphasis)?

  • Creative Media
  • Research
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Systems
  • Editorial
  • Manuscript Reading
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Publicity
  • Production
  • Textbook Publishing
  • Indexing


  • Paraprofessional Work
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Teaching
  • English as a Second Language
  • Corporate Legal Practice
  • Government Services
  • Entertainment and intellectual Property Law
  • Circulation
  • Production
  • Radio/TV Sales
  • Speech Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • Library Science
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing and Editing
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