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 2020-2021 Hofstra graduates who majored in English, 100% of survey respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Of those alumni reporting employment, 90% responded that they landed their position within six months of graduation. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in English and who reported salary, the mean annual self-reported salary that first year following graduation was $46K.

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.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety