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Career Potential

By studying literature, English majors develop skills that are valued in every profession – the ability to analyze, interpret, synthesize, write and explain complex information in clear, concise and thoughtful way. Our graduates go on to successful careers in a wide range of industries, and have pursued advanced degrees in areas such as English, Education, and Creative Writing at institutions including Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Lesley University, Seattle University, Seton Hall and Hofstra University.

Among 2014-2015 Hofstra graduates who majored in English, 100% of the respondents report that within one year of graduation they were employed or attending/planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in English and who reported salary, the average annual self-reported salary was $37,502.

Examples of Industries Where Hofstra Alumni are Currently Working:

  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Advertising
  • Journalism
  • Broadcast Media
  • Government (state and federal)
  • Marketing

Examples of Companies Where Our Recent Graduates are Working:

  • Adecco USA
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bedford/St. Martin’s Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Computer Associates Technologies
  • Fab.com
  • HarperCollins
  • Macmillan Higher Education
  • Marvel Entertainment
  • New York State Democratic Committee
  • Penguin Books USA
  • Scholastic
  • SmartphonePedia
  • Teach for America

Examples of Where Our Recent Graduates Are Pursuing Advanced Degrees:

  • Caldwell College
  • Columbia University
  • Emerson College
  • Long Island University
  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • Niagara University
  • Queens College
  • St. John’s School of Law
  • Stony Brook University
  • Teacher’s College, Columbia University
  • Temple University
  • Wagner University

Information about various careers available to English majors is available in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, in categories such as Writers and Authors; Editors; and Advertising, Public Relations and Related Services.


* Outcomes are based on the 68% of 2014-2015 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by HCLAS graduates and are based upon a 33% response rate. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. The economy is constantly changing, and employment for past classes is not an accurate predictor of employment for future classes. In addition, a degree from Hofstra or any other school is not a guarantee of employment in any field.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary and outcomes data reported for Hofstra graduates is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University wide, school, division or department). To see the alumni outcome reports in its entirety, and all available data, go to the institutional research page.