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Careers for English Majors

As industry leaders and eminent professionals all across the spectrum confirm, studying English provides top-notch career preparation. Our extensive list of accomplished alumni proves the value of an English degree to career aspirations of all kinds. As a department, we stay in touch with alumni and frequently invite them back to campus to provide invaluable networking and internship opportunities for our students. Our close relationship with the Office of Career Development means that you will have expert assistance in finding internships in the careers above while earning your degree.

Many students focus on English as a stand-alone major; many others choose it as a second major or minor to complement another field of study. Whatever you choose, studying English will strengthen your preparation for life after college, where employers eagerly look to English graduates as future leaders with high-level reading, writing and analytical skills and the ability to think independently and creatively. In short, our majors are eminently prepared to succeed professionally in an increasingly diverse, global environment.

  • Michael Gentile '03

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    Vice President, Education Sales & Marketing Penguin Random House
    My career in publishing at Penguin Random House would simply not have been possible without the Manhattan College English major, and what has allowed me to truly excel and thrive in this industry are the MC professors.  The dedication to educating young people and making literature meaningful to their lives sits at the center of what they do, and it has stuck with me and has served my career and my life ever since.  There is no dollar amount one could assign to that. Thank you to all of those professors, both those are still with us and those who live on in our memories.
  • Maria Del Russo '11

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    Freelance Sex and Wellness Writer Regular Contributor to Elle USA, Playboy, Men's Health, and The Cut.

    My work in English at Manhattan College has turned out to be an invaluable part of my career. (Not that I'm all that surprised by that.) As a freelance writer for such publications as Elle USA, Playboy, and Men's Health, I'm asked to produce a wide variety of stories — from long-form features to short yet punchy news hits. The amount of writing I was exposed to as part of my English minor has helped me adapt to, and become proficient in, wide-ranging styles of writing. My English classes were where I first read Joan Didion, who has become a complete inspiration for the longform essay writing I'm known for. I recently referenced Adrienne Rich, who I first read in my Modern American Lit class, in a reported piece about the orgasm gap. And I credit The Wild Party, which I read in Contemporary American Lit, for helping me learn proper pacing in storytelling. My English classes at Manhattan College refined my writing style, and without that minor, I doubt I'd be as successful as I am today.

Careers

Our alumni have embarked on exciting and successful careers in an ever-widening variety of fields. Here is a sampling of our recent graduates' actual job titles:

Further Reading

Check out these recent news stories for more evidence of the professional value of the English degree!

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