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 a 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 2019-2020 Hofstra graduates who majored in English, 90% 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 mean annual self-reported salary that first year following graduation was $39,000.

Examples of Industries Where Hofstra Alumni are Currently Working:

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

Examples of Companies Where Our Recent Graduates are Working:

  • Anton Media Group
  • Brand Style Communications
  • Greenpeace USA
  • HarperCollins Publishing
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Macmillan Publishing
  • Massachusetts State Senate
  • McGraw Hill Education
  • Penguin Random House LLC
  • Richner Communications
  • Scholastic, Inc.
  • Simon And Schuster
  • St. Martin's Press
  • Syosset School District
  • Walt Disney Company
  • W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Examples of Where Our Recent Graduates Are Pursuing Advanced Degrees:

  • Cornell University
  • Drexel University
  • Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Rutgers University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Texas State University
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • 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 AuthorsEditorsTechnical Writers; and Advertising, Public Relations and Related Services.

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,425 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2019-May 2020, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 69% of the 2019-2020 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and is based upon a 47% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. 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