What Can I Do With a Minor in English?

English courses are intended to foster critical reading, writing, and thinking, in which “criticism” is at once passionate appreciation, historical understanding, and the perpetual rethinking of values. More specifically, the English major prepares students for careers such as teaching, publishing, and writing, for graduate study in literature, and for graduate programs leading to the study or practice of medicine or law. 

-Bates College Department of English

Related Careers

The National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2013 lists the key attributes that employers look for in job candidates, including: problem-solving, excellent verbal and written communications, strong work ethic, computer skills and the ability to work in a team.  English majors at Bates are critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and have successfully pursued careers in areas as diverse as politics, marketing, non-profits, technology, publishing, sales and health care.  With the exponential increase in demand for online and digital content, businesses in just about every sector of the economy need employees who can communicate ideas effectively.  And of course, English majors also make great teachers.


  • Downtown Music, NYC
  • Westfield Capital Management, Marketing and Compliance Intern)
  • Portland Stage Company
  • TimeOut – New York
  • Fine Arts Works Center
  • Episcopal Service Corps
  • Story Corps

Graduate School

  • Dartmouth School of Medicine
  • Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management
  • Harvard Business School
  • Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
  • Boston University (MA, PhD – English)
  • Middlebury College/Bread Loaf School of English
  • Brown University (MAT, MA, PhD – English)