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What to do with an English Degree?

Taking a creative approach in planning the courses for your English degree can prepare you for the future based on both your personal interests and career goals. 


English prepares you directly for many careers! Colleges and universities, public and private schools, legal firms and court systems, media and publishing enterprises, technical writing and advertising firms, as well as commercial businesses, healthcare providers, and foundations - all the human enterprises in which communication and imagination are at a premium - need literate professionals to carry out their work.

In collaboration with your faculty mentor, there are many ways you can connect your English studies with your future vocation. Here are just a few options:


  • Select one of our major concentrations as a way to further define your degree as you hone your skills in English.
  • Combine majors and minors: Students in English often pursue a second major or a minor in another department as a way to combine their love of literature and language with preparation for careers.
  • More specifically, many pre-professional students choose English as part of a double major in order to develop their skills in such areas as critical thinking, effective writing, and predictive analysis. In particular, the value of an English degree is widely recognized in Pre-law and Pre-medical programs, where our majors often rank among the most successful applicants for advanced study.
  • Consider interdisciplinary minors: Academic programs that allow students to take courses in more than one department                 are increasingly important as ways to prepare for employment. The English faculty at SLU has been unusually innovative in creating and supporting such programs.


The SLU English Department's internship program supports upper-level English majors who wish to supplement their academic course of study with an educational work experience.

The English Department seeks to place its students in internship environments where interns go beyond performing clerical work and can make meaningful connections between their course of study and the practical, social, and intellectual demands of a workplace. For this reason, the English Department internship requires a significant academic component, one through which students augment their on-site work through a process of critical reflection and analysis.

Here are the basic elements of a SLU English internship:

  • On-site work (amounting to 10 hours/wk for 15 weeks)
  • Academic component
  • Evaluation.

Internships are voluntary (unpaid) but can be taken for 3 hours of course credit within the major if the internship opportunity meets the English Department's guidelines and requirements, which can be found at Here students can also determine whether they are eligible to register for an internship and read about the stages of the internship process.

For questions about the English Department's internship program, please contact the Department's Internship Coordinator, Saher Alam, at

Study Abroad

Saint Louis University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees at its campus in Madrid, where hundreds of students from the United States and around the world study each year.

With English as its primary (but not its only) classroom language, SLU-Madrid is the ideal place to get a feel for the international world, acquaint yourself with the national culture of Spain, and continue to participate in the shared vision of Jesuit education.

Spending a semester or a full year abroad, you will be able to take courses that satisfy your College or School's core requirements as well as courses in a variety of majors including English, Film Studies, Spanish, Communication, and International Studies.

Studying in Madrid is an especially attractive option for SLU English majors:

  • Courses in Madrid often include trips to London, Paris, Rome, and other natural and cultural sites across Europe.
  • Classes are small.
  • Course offerings in English and Film Studies are robust.
  • Since SLU students in Madrid and St. Louis have the same course requirements, you will not have any difficulty fitting a term abroad into your plan of study or transferring credits.

The University offers more than a dozen other study abroad programs. For further information please visit SLU's Study Abroad webpage. 


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