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English After WKU? Careers?

You may be wondering, “What can I do with an English Degree?”

Liberal arts majors in general, and English majors in particular, are ideally positioned to adapt as the marketplace requires accommodating cultural differences, assimilating new ideas, and learning new skills.




This list of sample careers from WKU English graduates demonstrates the flexibility of the English major. 


Even if you simply feel compelled to follow your bliss, without knowing exactly what your day job will be, an English major is an excellent choice in today's market.


Communication and analytical thinking are valuable skills that will prepare you to adapt to the career shifts that are predicted for 21st century graduates.


alumni panel 2016

Dr. Angela Jones, Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator, with recent graduates of the Professional Writing program. See FirstFloorCherry for tips from these alumni.




English Major Careers Chart
See the pie chart above for a representation from George Mason University of career outcomes for majors with at least an undergraduate degree in English, ages 27-67, from 2010-2012.

The question is not so much "What can you do with an English degree?" as "What can't you do with it?"

English majors develop numerous transferable career skills and can find employment in a wide variety of occupations.

Aside from the fields you may expect to find them in--education, publishing, communications, library work, and journalism--English majors can also find employment in other areas such as management, intelligence work, industry, public service, human resources, lobbying, and professional studies.

Even medical schools seek Liberal Arts majors!

You might be surprised to know that Newsweek reports in their 2010 article "Well-Rounded Docs," medical schools are seeking students with "non-science backgrounds," including English majors. The medical field needs "more well-rounded students who can be molded into caring and analytic doctors," which equates humanities majors.

Also, according to their 2012 article, "Future Law Students Should Avoid Prelaw Majors, Some Say," US News argues that applicants to law school with humanities degrees will have an advantage when taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).



Some WKU English alumni, such as Stanley Derzen, find great success in unexpected careers. 


The skills first learned in the classrooms of Cherry Hall continue to enrich Dezern’s professional endeavors as the Vice President of Global Relations at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.







An English degree allows you to choose what happens next!

This guide is intended to help you consider how to use an education in English to prepare for a rewarding career, though ultimately, you define your own success. At WKU, internships, coursework, and experiences like guest speakers will show you how to articulate your skills and their value to a wide array of future employers.




Need to speak to someone directly about your career options?

Jake Hamlin, Career Coach and Professional Development Specialist

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Office:  DSU 2001
Phone: (270) 745-3095
Email: employer.relations@wku.edu

Jake Hamlin has 5 years of experience counseling people from all walks of life.  He has a desire to empower students and help alumni find meaningful work that matches their unique interests, values, goals, skills and traits.  He serves as the Career Counselor and Professional Development Specialist for Potter College of Arts and Letters as well as the College of Education and Behavioral Science. 




Also join Mr Hamlin for the:

career talk

 For a schedule of upcoming events, click here!







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 Last Modified 4/24/18