What Can I Do with an English Degree

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The English major offers flexibility and relevance. You’ll study diverse voices; the power of language; and traditions, and have opportunities to explore current issues and ideas and to connect them historically, culturally, and critically. English majors are trained to be solvers of complex, unstructured problems. You will develop skills in listening, humanizing, navigating complex information, and the ability to shift focus from data to values.

Associate Editor, Harper Collins

Portrait of Annie Stanger, Music Education major

Haley Swanson, '14, is pursuing graduate studies at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is currently an associate editor at Harper Collins. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Glamour, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, PANK, and elsewhere. With Eliza Smith, she's co-editor of the anthology Sex and the Single Girl: Reinventing Helen Gurley Brown's Cult Classic (Harper Perennial, 2022). She's also working on a memoir about female obsession and women who travel alone as told through her time abroad.

Ph.D. Candidate, ACE Teaching Fellow

Portrait of Andrew Jimenez

Daniel Hodge, '17, is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine, after completing a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Notre Dame. He is also an ACE Teaching Fellow in a Santa Ana, California middle school.

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Explore Career Opportunities

Gonzaga has a wide variety of resources for exploring career opportunities. One-on-one appointments with a career coach, and support for students seeking internships are just a couple of tools available to students. The "What Can I Do With This Major" tool is a great way to spark ideas as well.