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English Majors and the Job Market

We are frequently asked about the job prospects for students who study English.  On this page, we have assembled links to articles from our department blog that address this question and additional links to articles in national publications about English majors and the job market.  

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket Forbes magazine, August 17, 2015.

In Defense of the English Major An essay by Ball State English alum Matt Gonzales from June 30, 2015.

It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. A study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014. 

Liberal Arts Grads Win Long-Term. Inside Higher Education, January 22, 2014

Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires Open Forum, July 11, 2013

Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields Go To the Job Fair. Part One: Yes, They Do Hire English Majors! English Department Blog, June 7, 2013

Dr. Beach and Tyler Fields Go To the Job Fair. Part Two: How You Can Make Yourself More Marketable! English Department Blog, July 5, 2013

English Majors and the Job Market: You’re Ok! English Department Blog, March 25, 2011

Why I Hire English Majors. Huffington Post, June 23, 2013 

The Humanities: What Went Right?  Chronicle of Higher Education, July 3, 2013 

Eight College Degrees That Will Earn Your Money Back: These Careers Are Worth the Price of College Admission. Salary.com, September 5, 2013

Humanities Report Card. American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013

Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want. Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2013

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