Humboldt State University

Careers in English

If you are interested in getting information about career opportunities, one of the best places to begin is the HSU Career Center. You may also find the Career Guide for English Majors helpful.

You can also discuss career options with your academic advisor.  We encourage you to begin exploring your options at the beginning of your senior year.  Make use of the facilities on campus and all that is offered to you while you are a HSU student.

HSU undergraduate majors in English have pursued a variety of careers.  Employers are interested in graduates who can think critically and express their ideas well, both orally and in writing; people who can use technology on the job; and individuals who are aware of and sensitive to the multicultural and multilingual nature of the world.  The HSU English major program ensures that you will leave with these skills.  In a recent survey, our alumni described their activities in the following areas:

  • Business and Technical Writing

  • High School English Teaching

  • Magazine and Newspaper Editing

  • Journalism

  • Radio and Television

  • Video Game Development and Production

  • English as a Second Language Teaching

  • Arts Administration

  • Attorney

  • Non-profit Organization Development

     

Some of our graduates have pursued graduate study (for both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees) at a number of universities, including:

  • Indiana University

  • University of Washington

  • University of California, Santa Barbara

  • University of Connecticut

  • University of Oregon

  • University of Maryland

  • Emory University

  • Naropa Institute (Colorado)

  • Notre Dame University

  • Ohio State University

If you think you might like to attend graduate school after attending HSU, talk to your advisor and other faculty members.  Studying for a M.A. or Ph.D. degree is a serious commitment of both time and money, admissions may be highly competitive, and standards are dramatically higher.  Job opportunities in higher education fluctuate dramatically, and presently there is intense competition for positions in most areas of the humanities, including English.  Nonetheless, many students feel that the time spent studying literature, language, and writing at an advanced level is personally rewarding--regardless of what the future may hold.