English - Life After Fairfield

‌English majors find a wide range of occupations and pursuits where they can use their knowledge and skills. Some recent graduates have gone into careers at:

  • Publishing houses, such as St. Martin's Press and Random House
  • Newspapers such as the Connecticut Post
  • Magazines such as Redbook and Rolling Stone
  • Plus marketing companies, libraries, public relations agencies, and offices of public officials

Some students have completed the minor in secondary education and qualified for teaching jobs in public and private schools around the northeast. A few have combined their writing skills and an interest in science to work as technical writers. Business firms seek out English majors for their analytic and communication skills.

Still other English majors at Fairfield go to prestigious law schools or study English and related subjects at graduate schools, including the Master of Fine Arts program at Fairfield. Those seeking further education in the last few years have been accepted at such institutions as:

  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Northwestern University
  • Sarah Lawrence College

Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

For more avenues to pursue with your English degree, check out the following:

"Many freshmen wonder why they have to read Emily Dickinson or write a five-page paper on Frost if they are going to be an engineer. The cognitive skills required to analyze a passage of literature or understand the figurative meaning of a poem transfer intact to any other medium. The better you understand complex materials, the better able you learn more complex material and write more complex, logical expository papers. This is not always an end in itself; it is a skill that can be used in any other field, but the fact is that it is a skill not being fostered or encouraged in other majors - except, perhaps, history or psychology.

"The other simple fact is that students capable of thinking in complex, logical sequences are better able to write, period. They comprehend the structure of complex sentences and the punctuation necessary more readily. Their reading in literature provides not only food for thought, but also models of elegant and eloquent prose. Successful lawyers are skilled linguists - because they have read (and written) so much."

- From "What To Do With An English Degree?"

"Instructional design is where a lot of English majors find their niche, writing classroom, safety, and instructional information for companies, technology, and just about anything you can imagine. Someone has written every safety warning, manual, or instructions for use for a new appliance, often those in the instructional design field with an English degree. If you are willing to learn and get some special certifications as well, you can find yourself working with companies on the cutting edge of technology. 

"Many individuals with an English degree decide to go into business for themselves because they have the drive and motivation to make something bigger and better of their English degree. Many of those that work for themselves are authors, who dedicate their time to writing books on all kinds of topics."

- From "Don't Know What To Do
With Your English Degree?

"... English majors tend to be more passionate about their education than students in more vocationally oriented degree programs. An English degree signals to employers that a job candidate cares about more than just money. It signals one's appreciation for the aesthetic value of literature as an expression of our humanity - in a way that a Business degree, for example, cannot. Companies value English graduates for all of these traits, so a B.A. in English can easily lead to a professional career in several fields.

"English majors also have a chance to help make a difference on a global level. As English is currently the international language, those who understand the language well enough to teach it abroad are in high demand."

- From "What You Can Do With This Degree"