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What Can You Do with an English Degree?

Professor of English Anne Weed instructs a seminar. Keuka College's English major provides the skills and habits of mind most sought by today's employers—the ability to express oneself clearly and persuasively, to think analytically, and to read critically.

English majors develop superior written and oral communication skills, and they do well in professions where comprehension, decision-making, research skills, and creativity are valued.

English graduates find employment in business and industry, finance/banking, education, government, and not-for-profit and public sector organizations. An English major also provides an excellent foundation for graduate work, including education, law, and medicine.

Learn more about majoring in English at Keuka College.

English Internships & Field Periods

Students working toward an English degree at Keuka College must complete a 140-hour internship each year—we call this Field Period.

Here's where some of our English students have recently done their Field Periods. All of these organizations have indicated they'd be interested in hosting Keuka students in the future.

American Red Cross
Warsaw, N.Y.
BOCES Summer Learning Experience
Painted Post, N.Y.
Corning-Painted Post Area School District
Corning, N.Y.
Franziska Racker Center
Ithaca, N.Y.
Hangar Theatre
Ithaca, N.Y.
Herkimer County Historical Society
Herkimer, N.Y.
Humane Society of Yates County
Penn Yan, N.Y.
Southeast Steuben County Library
Corning, N.Y.
Vestal Town Museum/Historical Society
Vestal, N.Y.
Wyoming County Fair
Pike, N.Y.

What Can I Do with an English Degree?

With an English degree, you can find a career in the following:

  • Advertising
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Career Counseling
  • Corporate Communications
  • Education
  • Event Planning
  • Government Administration
  • Human
  • Insurance
  • Internet Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Labor Relations
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Media Production
  • Media Writing (Radio/Television)
  • Product Research & Development
  • Publishing
  • Sales

Average Annual Salary

The average starting salary of an English graduate is $38,000, and that climbs to $64,700 by mid-career (roughly the same as graduates with degrees in the sciences or business & more than those with degrees in education, criminal justice, sociology, or psychology).

Source: PayScale, 2008