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Career Paths and Graduate Programs

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

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:

  • California University of Arts
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Columbia College
  • Hollins University
  • Indiana University
  • Kent State University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Portland State University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Texas
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Vermont
  • Vanderbilt University

/ Department of English

Shannon Lakanen
Department Chair
Towers Hall 228

p / 614.823.1211
e / slakanen@otterbein.edu 

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