What Can You Do with an English Major?

Better to ask, "What Can't You Do with an English Major?"

The skills you learn in your English courses at Wheaton will help you prepare for the jobs listed here and so many more!

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Norton English Major Chart - shows jobs English Majors can pursue under skill categories

Recognize and Create Engaging Narratives

Analyze and Critique Text

Research Thoroughly

Communicate Clearly and Persuasively

Understand Other Points of View

Build Effective Arguments

Wheaton College IL Alumna Nadia Dervish
Alumni in Action

Nadia Dervish '17 Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

The English alumna will conduct research on non-native English teachers and their identity formation through her recent award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Program.

Nadia Dervish ’17 Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Alumni Profile: Sumanth Prabhaker ‘04

After graduating from Wheaton, Sumanth Prabhaker attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington MFA program, earning his masters in Creative Writing.

“Because I'd worked with the newspaper and the literary journal at Wheaton, I was given a half-time position in the university's press to help fund my tuition,” said Prabhaker, who worked as an Editorial Assistant at UNCW’s newspaper.

Prabhaker then accepted a job as Production Editor with Pearson Education, a textbook publisher and educational conglomerate. He has authored several short stories as well as the novella A Mere Pittance and started his own publishing house, Madras Press. Read more >

Alumni Profile: Yeesum Lo ’09

Hong Kong native Yeesum Lo graduated from Wheaton in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a minor in Biblical Studies and Theology. Lo started in the entertainment business at NBC Universal in NYC as an intern during her final summer break at Wheaton. She is now Corporate Project Manager of Endemol Shine Australia and Word Producer of The Great Australian Spelling Bee, Endemol Shine Australia.

“In my role as project manager I work across all of our shows - The Voice, MasterChef, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Biggest Loser and many more. I head up all research and competitive analysis, corporate brand and work on all external facing presentations for the C-Level Offices. I’m also holding a second role as a Producer on our newest primetime show - The Great Australian Spelling Bee - something that my English major played a huge part in making me qualified for.”

Information for Prospective Students

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