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Life After Ball State

At Ball State, English undergraduate students learn skills such as close reading, research, analysis, synthesis, and clear, creative communication through concentrations in rhetoric and writing, creative writing, English studies, literature, or teaching English/language arts. Upon completion of an English degree, Ball State graduates have endless career possibilities. “What can you do with an English major? Anything you want, I tell them,” says Jill Christman, Associate Professor. “None of us knows what the job market will look like in ten years, or even five, but I will tell you I cannot think of a single employer who is not looking for these skills in a prospective employee.” 

Some students go on to graduate school for student affairs or law school. Others go into publishing, or find jobs in government or business. In fact, the strength of the English major is that it allows you to pursue many different kinds of opportunities after you graduate. 

The Career Center is an excellent resource for any student seeking jobs and internships. Another valuable resource is our department blog, which features posts about our English Department alumni, their success in a variety of career fields, and their pursuit of post-graduate opportunities. To read our alumni posts click on the links below. On our blog, we also run or repost many features about English majors and the job market, which you can read here.

Jessica Husek (Advertising Major and English Minor, 2009)

Masters in Library Science/Information Systems
        Emily Reed (English Literature with Minors in Marketing and History, 2013)

        Sarah Robbins (PhD Rhetoric and Composition)
        Emily Disher Part 1 (B.A. English)  
        Emily Disher Part 2 (B.A. English)

Publishing and Marketing
        Johna Picco (B.A. Literature)         
Evan Himelick (English Major with a minor in Digital Publishing)         
Madisen Ray (English Major)
Tyler D. Fields (B.A. Creative Writing 2013)
Cole Farrell (M.A. Creative Writing 2012)
Ashley Ford (B.A. Creative Writing 2011) 

Technical Communications
        Christopher Newgent  

        Steven Loser (B.A. Teaching English/Language Art)          
Katie Zimolzak (B.A. English)
Phillip Call (B.A. English Education) 

Teaching English as a Second Language
Emily Schuyler (B.A. English)
        Phil Call (B.A. Teaching English/Language Arts and ESL License 2011)
        Christine Ellsworth (B.A. Literature 2006)         
Samantha Edwards (B.A. Creative Writing)       

Student Affairs / Higher Education 
        Alex Wenning (M.A. English 2006)         
Lindsey Jendraszak (B.A. Literature 2006) 
Jennifer Banning (M.A. English 2013) Brianne Nickel (B.A. Creative Writing 2007) Michael King (B.A. English Studies 2011)

Graduate School (MFA and PhD) 
        Sarah Marty-Schlipf         
Nate Logan         
Kelsi Morrison-Atkins (B.A. English and Religious Studies)
Dr. Jenny Smith (B.A. English and German 2003)
Tyler Gobble (B.A. Creative Writing)
Elysia Smith (B.A. Creative Writing)
Layne Ransom (B.A. Creative Writing)
Jennifer Bute (B.S. English 1997)
Robbie Maakestad (M.A. Creative Writing 2014)
Kelsey Englert (M.A. Creative Writing 2014)
Jeremy Carnes (B.A. 2012 and M.A. Literature 2014)

Scriptwriting/Television Writing 
        Audrey Brown (M.A. English)

        Lydia Storie (B.A. English and TCOM Minor: Film)

Fulbright Scholarship
        Katherine Kovac (B.A. Literature 2010)

 Peace Corps
        J.D. Mitchell Part 1 (B.A. Creative Writing 2010)         
        J.D. Mitchell Part 2 (B.A. Creative Writing 2010)
Government and Politics
        Sam Edwards (B.A. Creative Writing 2010)

Law School 
        Katie Dittelberger (B.A. English 2007)
        Whittley Lewis (B.A. Rhetoric and Writing 2011)
        Tony West (B.A. English)

Non-Profit Organizations
        Shane Thomson (B.A. English)
        Gaylena Merritt (B.A. English)