Hiram College

After Hiram – English

English majors develop a strong cadre of skills that are valued by employers in nearly every profession and are in more demand in the workplace than ever before. 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.”

Many of our graduates attend graduate school immediately after finishing their Hiram studies. English graduates thrive at graduate school and have been accepted to many prestigious institutions including:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Chatham University
  • Eden Theological Seminary
  • Emerson College
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Hollins University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kent State University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Pittsburgh

What Careers Can You Pursue with an English Major?

Hiram’s graduates have found success in writing-focused career paths, from business to education. Professors encourage students to explicitly tie their upper-level coursework to their career goals, and students leave the capstone course with an extensively revised written project suitable for graduate school application or a portfolio. Popular career choices include:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Social media manager
  • Editorial assistant
  • Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Public relations officer
  • Educator
  • Lawyer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Librarian
  • Copyeditor
  • Professor
  • Teacher

To further focus their education, English majors can pair their degree with any Hiram minor, often choosing writing, history, communication, political science, psychology, or sociology.