Now more than ever, employers are looking for extraordinary critical thinkers and communicators who know how to persuade through writing. A bachelor’s degree in English from Hilbert College is a highly versatile degree that sharpens the crucial interpretative, analytic, reasoning and communication skills that are the foundation of many meaningful careers.
As an English major, you’ll explore a wide range of literary styles and texts; the works of significant authors; and the most world-renowned writers of drama, short stories, novels and poetry. You’ll learn to write persuasively, use compelling rhetorical strategies and refine your oral communication skills, equipping you to make a difference as a communicator and an analytical thinker in organizations you care about.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a career immediately after graduation or wish to continue your graduate study, Hilbert’s five unique concentrations can prepare you for success. Choose from:
Our professors bring a depth of theoretical, scholarly and practical experience to the
classroom, and Hilbert’s 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio means that you’ll have unmatched personal attention and academic advisement.
Our internship program provides opportunities to put your knowledge to work and engage in networking opportunities. Our student interns have worked for radio and television stations, government offices, nonprofit organizations, and libraries, as well as many other sites.
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Career & Resources
English majors are touted in the working world for their ability to effectively execute in communications-related jobs. Whether you want to work in marketing, literary editing, public relations or education, a bachelor’s degree in English can give you the skills to not only land a purpose-driven career after graduation but also seize new opportunities as you continue to evolve professionally and personally.
Check out just a few of the many career paths that our graduates with English degrees can take following their studies at Hilbert:*
News Analyst, Reporter or Journalist
Median Salary: $48,370
Librarian or Library Media Specialist
Median Salary: $61,190
Median Salary: $61,820
Public Relations Specialist
Median Salary: $62,800
Median Salary: $63,350
Median Salary: $69,510
*Salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
No matter where you go with your degree, you can expect to be sought after, with occupations like teacher, writer, librarian and public relations specialist all showing measurable growth potential. Here’s the projected growth for several careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
At Hilbert, our mission is to welcome you into a community that you can be proud of. You’ll collaborate with peers for personal and professional improvement; learn to extend a hand to those in need; and, most of all, get the skills, connections and resources to amplify goodness in the world.
The English major curriculum is designed to give you a strong liberal arts foundation that can be parlayed into specialized coursework of your choosing. This highly dynamic degree will expose you to a variety of concepts regarding communications, literature, media and more, empowering you to learn what you care about most and apply it toward meaningful action in the world.
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