Careers in English

Wondering how your English interests relate to careers? Attend a career workshop, class, or fair at the PSU Career Center.  The Center also has an overview of job listings and careers of recent English alumni with “What Can I Do With a Degree in English?”
An English degree is an excellent preparation for graduate school, including law, business, and education schools, as well as graduate school in English. For more information about our English and Writing graduate programs, see the Graduate Studies section of our website.
These articles will also give you a greater sense of the field of English and its many varying career paths:

  • “What To Do With a B.A. in English?” — When Professor Daniel Schwarz of Cornell was asked what his students did with their degree, he did the sensible thing: he asked them. Their responses, and Schwarz’s frank career advice for prospective majors, are well worth reading.
  • “Reading Novels at Medical School” — Dr. Daniel Marchalik’s account of being an English major at med school, and of now working with literature and writing with his students.
  • Scroll down to the “Interviews with English Majors” section of, which covers of wide variety of careers undertaken by English students from across the country.