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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.

Market Value in Language, Literature, and Culture, Inside Higher Ed, November 2016.

The Myth of the English Major Barista, Inside Higher Ed, July 2016.

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors, Wall Street Journal, June 2016.

Creative and Arts Graduates Have the Soft Skills Needed to Make Them 'Work Ready', Independent, June 2016.

Why America's Business Majors Are in Desperate Need of a Liberal-Arts Education, The Atlantic, June 2016.

Liberal Arts Majors Have Plenty of Job Prospects, If They Have Some Specific Skills, Too Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2016.

What Can I Do With an English Major? ADE and ADFL Connected Departments Blog, May 2016.

To Write Better Code, Read Virginia Woolf New York Times, May 2016.

Humanities and Business Go Hand in Hand, Boston Globe, July 2016.

Why Storytelling Will Be the Biggest Business Skill of the Next 5 Years HubSpot, April 2016.

Oh, the Humanities!: In Defense of the English Major Campus News, December 2015.

The Myth of the Unemployed Humanities Major Association of American Colleges and Universities, November 2015.

Tech Companies Need English Majors Just As Much As They Need Engineers Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy, November 2015.

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

In Defense of the English Major Matt Gonzales, Ball State English alum, June 2015.

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

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

Why English Majors Are the Hot New Hires Open Forum, July 2013.

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

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

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

Why I Hire English Majors Huffington Post, June 2013.

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

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

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



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