English majors possess skills that are in high demand in the professional, academic and not-for-profit spheres. Organizations value graduates who combine clear thinking with effective communication and creative problem-solving, and look for leaders who can approach issues using more than one perspective — all skills built through Augustana’s program.
The English major provides a strong background for careers in teaching, law, the ministry, business, publishing and even medicine. Augustana graduates have found their life’s work in such roles as professor, teacher, TV news commentator and anchor, foreign correspondent, children’s book editor, producer, grant consultant, pastor, museum curator, film crew writer, attorney, judge, entrepreneur, librarian and many more.
Many creative writing graduates have gained admission to highly competitive M.F.A. programs, and others have found work in editing and publishing, journalism, marketing or business.
English and creative writing majors gain experience by working as paid tutors in the college’s Reading/Writing Center. Others gain experience in publishing by taking Augustana’s Book Publishing class and working at Augustana’s East Hall Press.
Student writers can build their portfolios by working on Augustana’s newspaper, The Observer, and literary magazine, SAGA. Still others gain hands-on experience and develop professional connections by working internships at local businesses in marketing, public relations, journalism, and arts management.
A series of workshops on “Resume Writing for English majors” prepares students by teaching them how to communicate the value of their Augustana English major to prospective employers.
For creative writing majors applying to M.F.A. programs, faculty work one-on-one with them to help them prepare their application materials.
For more information, contact Dr. Meg Gillette, department chair.
William Ingalls '19 is a photographer with WREX in Rockford, Ill.
Sabrina Hill ’18 is a corporate recruiter for McMaster-Carr, Elmhurst, Ill.
Elena Leith ’17 completed a book publishing certificate at University of Denver, Colorado, and is pursuing a master’s in library science and information technology at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign.
Kaitlyn Lindgren ’16 Hansen is a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa
Rukmini Girish ’15 completed an M.F.A. in non-fiction at Columbia College, Chicago, where currently she is a graduate student instructor. She also is an audience outreach associate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Eliza Wells ’15 is a freelance private writing consultant in Camarillo, Calif.
Megan Boedecker '14 is a brand marketing communications writer for the American Veterinary Medical Association.