Career Paths in English

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English majors are competitive for careers that require creative and critical thinking, information gathering and analysis, text and media analyses, excellent writing and communication skills, cultural and digital literacies, and team-building and entrepreneurial skills. OSU English graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields: 

 

Kaelyn Yumel Wietleman Kaelyn Yumel Wietleman, Associate at Alston and Bird LLC, Washington D.C
"The rigorous courses offered through the English department prepared me in vast and incalculable ways for law school. Not only did these courses develop my writing and reading skills, but they also gave me insight on the issues I encountered in law school. It was an incredible experience to have so many mentors who truly cared about my success and growth as a scholar. A BA English degree gives you the opportunity to gain skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and analysis which are necessary skills in any profession."

 

Dr Evan FitzEvan Fitz, Colon and Rectal Surgeon at Surgical Associates, Inc. and Oklahoma Surgical Hospital 
"I am currently a surgeon, and every day I utilize knowledge and skills I first developed in the OSU English Department. From crafting persuasive arguments to advocate for my patients when I was a surgical trainee to writing my patients letters that explain their disease in an understandable way, I constantly rely on my background as an English major to help deliver the best possible care. Furthermore, I never would have imagined how much an English degree would stand out on a medical school application. The professors in the OSU English Department taught me new ways to evaluate and interact with the world, and I consider choosing an English degree one of the best decisions I have ever made."

 

Will Joice Will Joyce, Mayor of the City of Stillwater
"I came to Oklahoma State focused on math, science, and engineering; my major field of study had been fixed since early in high school. But after a year of calculus and chemistry, I realized my interests required a broader, more diverse degree plan. With law school a future goal, an English degree fit best: plenty of reading, writing, and exposure to new ideas, along with the ability to take classes across the University. That breadth of exposure certainly helped in law school (and beyond), but I am most thankful to this day for my English professors who pushed me to think critically and write persuasively. Even in a world of micro-blogs and photo essays, the skills I learned in the OSU English Department enrich my life and career every day."

 

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Julie Nash, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell 
"I was a transfer student Sophomore year to OSU with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I took an Irish Literature class ... as an elective and there was no turning back. I spent the next three years devouring literature and improving my writing skills... I had been a mediocre, bored high school student who fell in love with learning and ideas at OSU. I went on to get my MA and PhD at the University of Connecticut. Now, as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, I often tell students and parents about how a humanities degree in public higher education prepared me for a successful career."