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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Careers and Alumni

What can english majors do after graduation? Meet a few...

English Careers

A liberal arts education empowers and prepares students to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. English majors go everywhere English can go. In this new information age, analyzing and interpreting complex information for a specific audience is a crucial skill. English is a relevant and adaptable undergraduate degree that leads to numerous career paths, including journalism, education, marketing and social media, professional and creative writing, information technology and science, editing and publishing, medicine, public relations, law, communications, politics, advertising, activism, and more.

Our undergraduate English alumni work in all economic sectors, with the six largest percentages shown in the infographic below. The top sectors are business and finance firms, higher education, and law.

Bar graph made of books showing the following data: Business/Finance: 18%; Law: 14%; Higher Ed: 14%; K-12 Ed: 13%; Arts/Culture/Media: 10%; STEM: 8%


Our graduates are…

  • Senior VP of Design, Land’s End
  • Owner, Square Books
  • Technical Writer, FedEx
  • Federal Judge
  • Attorney, King & Spalding
  • General Counsel, Raytheon
  • Dir. of Comm., United Way of NE MS
  • Publisher, The Clarion-Ledger
  • Vice Chairman, W.W. Norton
  • Associate Publicist, HarperCollins
  • Exec VP, Viacom/Nickelodeon
  • Asst Editor, National Geographic
  • Comm. Relations, Jackson Schools
  • Faculty, Northwest Comm College
  • Teacher, Ocean Springs High School
  • Physician/Atty, Yale Child Studies Center
  • Faculty, Univ. of Pennsylvania

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