What can I do with an English or Writing degree from Hiram College?

Hiram College majors in English and Creative Writing are impressively prepared for a variety of rewarding careers. Employers in multiple fields value the close reading, analysis, research, and writing skills that you will develop in the Hiram College English Department. A 2004 survey of 120 large American corporations revealed that "writing is a 'threshold skill' for salaried employment and promotion."*

Two-thirds of salaried employees must regularly write as part of their jobs, yet corporations in the survey complained that workers, particularly recent college graduates, were astoundingly unprepared for the writing they were required to do. Clearly the ability to read, write, and communicate effectively are part of a Hiram "education that works."

Professional Positions

Graduate Schools Attended by Recent Alumni

Publications 

  • Lawyer
  • Editor at a national yoga magazine
  • Senior editor for a scientific journal
  • Senior editor at a Cleveland area alternative newspaper
  • Managing editor for two publications at a research company
  • Newspaper reporter
  • College professor
  • Director of a bachelor's program
  • Writing instructor
  • Writing coordinator at a small college
  • Author of award-winning children's books
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • High-school English teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Librarian
  • Market researcher
  • Grant writer
  • Technical writer
  • Graphic designer
  • Writer of content for a software company
  • Designer of instructional material for an insurance company
  • Arts therapist
  • Literary agent for a publishing company
  • Minister
  • Air Force pilot
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Chatham University
  • Eden Theological Seminary
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia College and State University
  • Hollins University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kent State University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Northeast Ohio M.F.A. Consortium (NEOMFA)
  • Ohio University
  • Simmons College
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Florida
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Matt Margo '14 published his poem “Ken Jones” in the 2012 issue of West Wind Review
  • Nick Sawatsky '14 published his essay “Thank You for Running from the Police” in the January 2012 issue of Stumble
  • Ashley Nuzzi '08 published her poem "Saguaro," published in the Summer 2008 issue of Warbler Her poem "a 77 year-old man with a hammer" appeared in the 
  • Alisha Heimbuch '04 published her essay "To Be My Correspondent" in The Rambler. It was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Genevieve Jencson '04 published two poems, "Dunkeld Cathedral 2 December 2004" and "Sweet September" in the Fall 2006 issue of Whiskey Island
  • Jen Hirt '97 published creative nonfiction in Touchstone, Flyway, and the Briar Cliff Review. Her fiction has appeared in Gihon River Review and her poetry in Hiram Poetry Review, Pinyon, and Conduit
  • Elizabeth Cognard Wells '96 co-edited two books, "Kindred Hands": Letters on Writing by British and American Women Authors, 1867-1935 and BBC Talks of E.M. Forster, 1929-1960.
  • Marnie Ellis '96 published poems in Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, and Sonora Review.

*National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges.  Writing: A Ticket to Work...Or a Ticket Out. New York: College Entrance Examination Board, 2004.

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