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Academics

Internships, Careers, & Graduate Studies

An English major -- in Creative Writing or Literary Studies -- is a springboard to a rich range of professions, including:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Corporate communications
  • Editing & Publishing
  • Education
  • Film & Television
  • Government Agencies
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Media Writing
  • Ministry
  • Public Relations
  • Social Services

Internship Placements

Before they even graduate, our majors gain valuable professional experience through internships with a wide variety of businesses and organizations, including: 

  • Westerville Public Library
  • ThisWeek Community Newspaper
  • Hondros Learning
  • The Women's Book
  • Two Dollar Radio
  • 160over90 
  • Thurber House

Visit the Career Center's Internship and Job Search Listings page to start searching for the internship that best fits your career interests now.  

Where are they now?

Workplaces our recent graduates have landed:

  • writers - Suburban News Publications, Ronald McDonald House, Religion Newswriters, Northern Ohio Live magazine
  • research librarians - Westerville Public Library, Upper Arlington Public Library, Worthington Public Library, Nashville Public Library
  • editors and publishers - McGraw Hill, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Smith Advisory Group, WCMH TV (NBC 4 in Columbus), Jones and Bartlett Publishing
  • teachers and college professors - Columbus Public Schools, Thomas More University in Kentucky, Jonathan Alder High School, Lorain Community University, Bluffton High School in South Carolina, Heidelberg University, Cochiti Schools in New Mexico, Teach for America
  • local, state, or federal government agencies - Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Department of Taxation
  • religious services - Campus Crusade for Christ, Vineyard Church, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services
  • social work - Peace Corps, Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • business professionals - Morgan Stanley, Discover Financial Services, Abercrombie and Fitch, Cardinal Health, Huntington National Bank
  • public relations and human resources - Great Southern Hotel in Columbus

Graduate Degrees & Programs

Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in library science, literature, creative writing, education, women's studies, film studies, and more. Recent alumni have attended graduate school at:

  • Bennington College
  • California University of Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Case Western University
  • Columbia College
  • Columbia University
  • Hollins University
  • Indiana University
  • Kent State University
  • New York University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Portland State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Vermont
  • Vanderbilt University
Download our department's "Curious About Graduate School in English Studies?" info guide now to learn more about graduate programs and application processes.

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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