Careers in English

Career Advising

If you are interested in getting information about career opportunities, one of the best places to begin is the
We encourage you to make an appointment and begin exploring your options in your junior year so that you'll have time to prepare. You may also find the Career Guide for English Majors helpful. Please also see: Identity-based resources
You can also discuss career options with your faculty advisor any time. 

Where to Find Job Postings

List of Job Boards for English Majors

Job Postings for HSU Students

Internships and Temporary Employment for Students


What English Majors Go On to Do

HSU undergraduate majors in English have pursued a variety of careers.  Employers are interested in graduates who can think critically and express their ideas well, both orally and in writing; people who can use technology on the job; and individuals who are aware of and sensitive to the multicultural and multilingual nature of the world.  The HSU English major program ensures that you will leave with these skills.  In a recent survey, our alumni described their activities in the following areas:
  • High School English Teaching
  • Research and Library Science
  • Authorship and Book Design
  • Book and Journal Editing
  • Ebook and Digital Media Production
  • Social Media Campaigning
  • Podcast and Audiobook Production
  • Literary Marketing, Publicity, & Agenting
  • Video Game Development and Production
  • Animation Writing
  • Story Editing for TV and Film
  • English as a Second Language Teaching
  • Arts Administration
  • Communications for Nonprofits & Activist Organizations
  • Law and Legal Advocacy
  • Non-profit Organization Development
  • Copywriting & Communications Strategizing
  • Business and Technical Writing

Pursuing Graduate Study

Some of our graduates have pursued graduate study (for both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees) in programs such as:
Students have attended a number of universities:
  • Columbia University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Washington
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Washington
  • Emory University
  • Naropa Institute (Colorado)
  • Notre Dame University
  • Ohio State University  
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
If you think you might like to attend graduate school after attending HSU, talk to your advisor and other faculty members.  Studying for a M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. degree is a serious commitment of both time and money, and admissions may be highly competitive.  Job opportunities in higher education fluctuate dramatically, and presently there is intense competition for positions in most areas of the humanities, including English.  Nonetheless, many students feel that the time spent studying literature, language, and writing at an advanced level is personally rewarding--regardless of what the future may hold.