Careers in English

Why is an English Degree Useful?

According to Burning Glass and Strada Institute for the Future of Work (one of the nation's largest student loan guarantors), 43% of college graduates are unemployed. However, literature majors were among the most employed after five years, following STEM majors. See this Forbes article for the details. A degree in literature surpassed Business, Health Professionals, Education, and Psychology in employment.

What can you do with an English major?Chart by W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. (See Chart)

Chart: What can you do with an English major? Credit: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.

Alumni Contacts

Professional alumni ready and willing to engage current or prospective Benedictine College students:

NameBenedictine DegreePost-College CareerEmail Address
Ean HenningerEnglish and Spanish (2012)University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Scienceean.henninger@gmail.com
Kelsey PerryEnglish and Journalism (2012)Associate editor at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado (Christian publisher)kelseycperry@gmail.com
Blaise HockelEnglish (2014)Literature teacher at Kolbe Academy in Napa, CA, and Master’s student at the University of IndianaBlaisehockel@gmail.com
Evan BradfieldEnglish and Secondary Education (2015)Teaching at St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS)ebradfield@sjakeepingfaith.edu
Kathryn BrownEnglish (2015)Wyandotte Pregnancy Clinicbrow1555@ravens.benedictine.edu
Anne Marie KoppesEnglish and Sociology (2015)Cumulus Mediaannie.koppes@gmail.com
Melissa Dawn ConwayEnglish and Secondary Education (2015)English Language Arts teacher (6th-8th grade), Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic School, Dodge City, KS. melissa.conway@dcshcs.com
Laura RomaineEnglish and Education (2016)Pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Michiganliromaine@gmail.com
Marie LoewEnglish and Education (2016)English teacher at Kentridge high school in Kent, WAmariekloew@gmail.com
Rob O'KeefeEnglish and Secondary Education (2016)Pursuing Grad studies in English at UMSL, and teaching at North County Senior High in Bonne Terre, MOrokeefe@ncsd.k12.mo.us
Michaela KinyonEnglish and Secondary Education (2016)Getting a Master's Degree at Emporia State University, and teaching at Troy High School (Kansas)michaela.kinyon@gmail.com
Liana (D'Aquila) SpeerEnglish (2017)Corporate Traininglianadaquila@gmail.com
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