English majors come to the department with a wide variety of career goals. Some want to be creative writers, others want to teach, while still others plan to attend law school or work in professional writing and editing or as librarians. Some know they want to work in business, but they love English and want to develop the excellent reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills that English offers. And some freshmen don't know where they're headed but want to study what they love. So it's not surprising that successful career placement means a lot of different things to English majors.
We could tell you about our famous alumni, like Hollywood writer and producer Craig Titley or Pulitzer-nominated novelist Lee Martin. But if you're a high school or college student, the first thing you probably want to know is, what do those first few years out of college look like for EIU English majors?
Here's the breakdown for our graduates from the classes of 2010-2015.
Below, you'll find more information on some of the most common paths followed by English majors, including EIU graduates.