Between grad school and hitting the job market, you can do a lot with an English degree.
We’ve got graduates pursuing master’s degrees and doctorates all across the country, furthering their study of writing and literature. Through undergraduate research opportunities, an alumna combined her interests in literature and social justice while studying abroad in India. Because of that combination of experiences and guidance from a professor who genuinely cared about this student’s future, she is now in grad school and on track to become a professor herself.
Other grads have used their English degree as a foundation for law school.
If grad school isn’t your thing, we have alumni working as movie screenwriters, publicists, innovative teachers and regionally touring authors.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Matthew Bergquist '13
Pursuing Master of Education at University of Minnesota; Paraprofessional at Rochester Public Schools
It sounds cliché, but the most important thing I’ve learned is to become responsibly engaged in the world. I have this desire to learn and this desire to share what I’ve learned to impact other people wherever I am vocationally.
Dr. Amy Watkin
The reasons that I started in this field are the same reasons that keep me here ... the love of books and the love of words and what impact they can have on the world.
Courtney Backen '15
Development Associate at Friends of the Hennepin County Library
English Literature Major
The professors care about your growth both in the classroom and as an individual. They encourage you to push your boundaries and think in new ways, which has really helped me become a critical thinker in all areas of my life.
Kelsey Rausch '16
English Teacher at Mound Westonka High School
English Education Major
Each and every professor is extremely knowledgeable and intensely passionate about what they do. In turn, this helped me find out what I am passionate about. With each professor having a unique passion, it's easy to find a mentor who will help you with your journey at Concordia and help you develop that passion into a career.
Matthew Gantz '14
Senior Consultant at Deloitte
In fall 2013, I studied business and entrepreneurship in India. I had the opportunity to apply academic skills while working with nonprofits and multinational corporations in an international setting. I learned to work with teams in radically different cultures while gaining a greater understanding of how to apply my finance studies in a corporate setting.
Austin Gerth '16
Reporter at ECM Publishers Inc.
English Writing Major
The average English class at Concordia is 12 to 20 people strong, which makes for a great deal of individual attention from the professors. Most classes are discussion based, with the aim of inducing students to teach each other (and sometimes to teach the professor) through collaboration. Plus, Bill Snyder sings and juggles, which is wonderful.
Caitlyn Schuchhardt '12
Pursuing Ph.D. in Literary Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison
English Literature Major; Studio Art Minor
I can trace my path directly back to my undergraduate research experience and my study abroad in India on the Social Justice, Peace, and Development semester. These opportunities combined perfectly and led me to discover my passion in the intersection of environmental activism and literature.