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English: 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 2016-2017 Hofstra graduates who majored in English, 96% 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 $38,000.

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:

  • Penguin Random House
  • Adventure Publishing Group
  • Anton Media Group
  • Fox News/ Fox News Radio
  • AT&T
  • 9:30 Club/I.M.P. Promotions
  • Family Circle Magazine
  • Farmingdale School District
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • NYC Department of Education
  • Priceline.com
  • Richner Communications
  • True Religion
  • W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Worldwide Branding
  • Worth Publishers, Macmillan

Examples of Where Our Recent Graduates Are Pursuing Advanced Degrees:

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • New York University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Fordham University
  • Adelphi University
  • CUNY City College of New York
  • CUNY Queens College
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Rutgers University
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Texas State University - San Marcos
  • Touro College
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of New Haven
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Washington University, Bothell

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

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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