Why Study English

Why English?

A close up image of a student's hand writing on a sheet of paper with a green pen.The study of English language and literature provides valuable training in critical thinking, leadership, and communication while introducing students to a variety of artistic, historical, and global, and historical perspectives. The preparation offered by an English major enriches the lives of our students while providing skills that help them succeed in their careers. English majors find employment in a wide range of fields, from education and non-profit organizations to business and financial relations to healthcare and law.

Did you know that?

• 96% of English degree holders would major or minor in English again.
• 87% of English and other humanities degree holders report high levels of job satisfaction
with rates that match or exceed nearly every other field.
• Nearly 60% of humanities majors have jobs that involve managing or supervising.
• The median salary and employment rates of English degree holders are comparable to
or exceed other sought-after degrees including psychology, legal studies,
communications, and neuroscience.

Graduate School Placements for UM English Students

University of Edinburgh
Indiana University
University of Arizona
University of Massachusetts—Amherst
University of Nebraska—Lincoln
University of Alabama Law School
Washington and Lee School of Law
University of Oregon

Careers for UM English Alumni

Assistant Professor of English, New York University
Director of content and strategy at The Foundry at Dotdash Meredith (largest digital and
print publisher in America)
Attorney, Hughes & Scalise Law Firm
Copy editor, People Magazine
Corporate Strategist, Toyota
Filmmaker (winner of prestigious Tribeca Film Festival Jury Prize)
Digital Producer, CBS 42
Professor of Digital Rhetoric, University of Rhode Island
Medical Librarian, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Children’s Therapist at Alabama Child & Adolescent Counseling
Communication Manager, Cahaba River Society
Teacher, Alabaster City Schools

Madison GriggsAlumnus Perspective

“Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to career choices — the skills you’re going to learn as a UM English major will help you wherever you end up. Whether you decide to teach, work in marketing, or something completely different, having the ability to see things from different perspectives and communicate your thoughts clearly will take you far.” — Madison Griggs ‘17, Writer and Editor

Learn more about our English Alumni