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English provides a launchpad to so many career options

Careers with a major in English

With their versatile skills grounded in sharp writing and clear-eyed analysis, English majors and minors go into a variety of careers after they graduate. A degree in English offers a broad set of career options, including fulfilling work in fields such as education, management, business operations, media, finance, law, arts, entertainment, sales, sports, and health care, among others. Career services offers current listings of jobs and internships in arts, media, and communications.

Curious about career options? Watch our video.

English Major to Business

Sarah Rainey’s (’22) chance meeting with an upperclassman led her to decide that she could combine her love of English and business into an exciting journey…MORE >

English Major to Sleep Medicine

Dr. Leigh Ball (’12) is an internal medicine physician with a specialty in sleep medicine. She spoke with Dr. Hilary Havens about majoring in English literature and how Virginia Woolf made her a better doctor… MORE >

English Major to Teen Vogue

Claire Dodson (’15) has published in The New York Times, InStyle, O The Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and Fast Company, and is entertainment editor at Teen VogueMORE >

R. A. Dickey UTK English Major

English Major to Major League Baseball

R.A. Dickey, former Major League pitcher and author, majored in English at the University of Tennessee. He talks now about the value of the major and its impact on him… MORE >

Camille Renshaw

English Major to Real Estate

CEO of B+E Commercial Real Estate, Camille Renshaw wasn’t sure how her interests would develop into a career, however she credits her English major with her success as a CEO… MORE >

In the links above, we caught up with a few of our alumni, who tell us about their paths after their studies in English here at Tennessee. Their stories are among those of thousands of English Vol graduates who have gone on to rewarding careers in various avenues of life.