Hello prospective student or curious researcher,

We see you have stumbled across Salem College English Department’s website. If you’re here, we are guessing that you are interested in an English major in some form or way. We are also sure that it is likely that you have been told before that you should never major in English because if you do you will never get a job.

Well, we have a secret to tell you, that’s not true.

You can get a job with an English degree, this website is proof. This site is a database of Salem alumni who graduated with a B.A. in English. It tells you what they graduated with, when they graduated, what higher schooling they have gone on to, jobs they’ve held, and contact information. You can explore the site by either clicking the “Find by Year” or the “Find by Career” tabs over on the side. They send you to pages that sound just like their titles. One allows you to find graduates by their graduation year, while the other lets you look and see what kind of careers Salem alumni have gotten themselves into.

If the sheer amount that Salem alumni have done with their degree convinces you off the bat that an English degree might be right for you, check out our other links off to the side there. “The Department” introduces you to our professors. It’ll tell you who they are, what they do, and in some cases the names of their cats. The “Course Catalog” tab will give you descriptions of all the English and Creative Writing classes offered here at Salem, while the “Major and Minor Requirements” will explain just what you need to do to graduate with a B.A. in English. The “Concentrations” page will tell you about something special that Salem does, where you can choose to concentrate your study of English in a particular field.  “On Campus Opportunities” will direct you to some clubs and organizations on campus that utilize those pursuing English, such as our newspaper, literary magazine, and yearbook.

However, if you are still iffy on the whole idea of majoring in English, click the “Famous English Majors” link. It has a list of people who have graduated with a degree in English and go on to do things that one would assume have nothing whatsoever to do with English. For instance, Sally Ride got a degree in English and she went on to become an astronaut. Raises the question of, what could you do if you pursued an English degree?

Finally, check out our blog, the last link on the list. It has blog posts about all sorts of things. Alumni talk about why you should major in English and what they have done with their degree. Learn about famous English majors in the news and what our current majors are doing in regards to their classes and internships.

The website has a lot of useful information for both potential students, current students, and alumni. You don’t have to take our word for it though, we are just English majors after all.


The English and Creative Writing Department