What are recent graduates doing now?
Corey Dahl ’11 (English/Economics) is a blog writer (contract) at Thomson Reuters and a Premium Services Representative for the Minnesota Twins.
Molly O’Gara ’10 (English/Theater) is a Wardrobe Attendant for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kate Hattenberger ’09 (English/Secondary Education) is a language arts teacher at East Ridge High School in Woodbury, MN.
Sarah Houtler ’09 (English) is an Online Content Specialist at ShopNBC.
Caley Conney '07 (English) is the Director of Alumni Relations in the Department of Recreational Sports at the University of Minnesota.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The English Department encourages its majors to participate in a short-term or long-term study abroad opportunity. An overseas experience broadens one’s perspective on the world, and since cultural diversity and effective communication across various boundaries is central to the discipline of English these days, a study abroad experience can certainly be an important element of an English major’s education. Many of our majors elect to study in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Faculty in our department have a rich array of research and creative activities. We have published poets, fiction writers, and essayists (most with books published through nationally known publishers); some are doing research on language in the public sphere (political and advertising discourse); some are doing exciting interdisciplinary research, looking at the connections among literature, music, film, politics, science, and linguistics; some are involved in translating literary texts from other languages. Additionally, some of our faculty regularly oversee or collaborate with students on research projects, often with support of the Young Scholars Program or the Luann Dummer Center for Women.
In general, we advise English majors to seek internship experiences in related minor fields, like journalism or communication, to have a way of document their writing, editing, and analytical skills. We’ve had students intern at various small presses located in the Twin Cities, the Loft Literary Center, a local personnel firm, and Wells Fargo, just to name a few.
What jobs are possible with an English major?
The English major is one of the most flexible in terms of possible career paths, given the increasing importance of critical reading, writing, and communication skills in so many professions. The list below is meant to suggest the breadth and variety of jobs in which such skills are valued.
- Teaching, K-12
- Teaching English Abroad
- Publicity/Public Relations
- Non-profit Management
- Technical Writing
- Web Page Development
- Advertising and Copywriting
- Government and Public Service
- Sales and marketing; product branding
- Internal corporate and organizational communication
An English major is also excellent preparation for a variety of fields of graduate study leading to additional employment and career opportunities:
- Public Administration
- Medical Professions (if pre-med courses are taken in tandem with the major)
- Library Science