What can you do with a degree in English?

Wondering what you can do with a Ball State English degree? As you might expect, a lot of our English majors go on to teach or work in education, helping to instill a love of reading and writing in students of all ages. However, an English degree can also open up doors to many diversified fields like law, advertising/marketing, information technology, medicine, and journalism. We have alumni who run university foundations and work in fundraising, who design 3D virtual worlds, who manage publications and communications for non-profit organizations, who serve in leadership positions in state and local government, and who own their own consulting businesses….the list is nearly endless! So when our students ask "What can I do with my English degree?", the answer really is anything! To help provide more data on the career paths of English majors, we gathered responses from over 2000 of our alumni, asking what they're doing with their English degree now. You can see the most popular non-education professional fields for our majors in the graph below.

Want to learn more about how to get into one of these fields with your English degree? Check out our Stars to Steer By blog series, where we feature alumni who have taken their English degree and used it to kickstart their careers. You can also see many of those alumni below, organized by field.


Jessica Husek (Advertising Major and English Minor, 2009)


  Lola Mauer (B.A. English 1998, M.A. in Creative Writing 2003)

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)
        Aaron Nicely (M.A. Creative Writing 2008, M.A. Literature 2010)

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 and Enrollment Services / 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)
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)