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Majors and Minors: Careers

Finding the right career fit

What can you do with an English major? Calvin English majors have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, business people, marketing associates, pastors, Web writers, librarians, teachers, ESL tutors, editors, freelance proofreaders, screenplay writers, professors and of course, writers and poets. The nature of the discipline is such that it will prepare you for work in countless fields.

Students choose this major for a variety of reasons, and your best vocational options may depend on what you love most about English. Download a resource from Career Development to see more specific career opportunities for English majors and resources for pursuing those careers.

Also check out English 380, a seminar course that includes an internship in publishing, journalism or marketing, to gain some experience in an English-related field.

Choosing to go to graduate school

You may be an English major who loves the academic life so much that you want to dig deeper into the field in graduate school. Or perhaps you're not sure what you want to do with your life after graduation and think further studies might be a natural next step. Get advice about choosing and appyling to M.A. and PhD programs from Professor Jennifer Hardy Williams.

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Real Careers

Career counselor "Aunt Bonnie" blogs about what it's like to be a news reporter, an ESL teacher/counselor and a marketing specialist—with real-life experiences from Calvin graduates.

Alumni Blog

Jenn Langefeld '06 writes about her life of letters.

Alumni Profiles

Angela Ajayi '97

Lisa McMann '90