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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 pursue successful careers in a wide range of industries and advanced degrees in areas such as English, education, and creative writing.

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in English, 97% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in English and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $34,000.

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:

  • BuzzFeed, Inc.
  • Penguin Random House
  • Sesame Workshop
  • Success Academy Charter Schools
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Anton Media Group
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
  • College Board
  • East Lyme (CT) Public Schools
  • East Meadow School District
  • Garden City Park Elementary School (NY)
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Priceline.com
  • Richner Communications
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • Shrewsbury (MA) Public Schools
  • SouthSide Middle School (NY)
  • W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Worth Publishers, Macmillan

Examples of Where Our Recent Graduates Are Pursuing Advanced Degrees:

  • Cornell University
  • UCLA
  • Columbia University
  • Seton Hall University
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Fordham University
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Hofstra University
  • NYU
  • Rutgers University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of New Haven

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 65% of 2015-2016 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.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety