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Use your degree in fields as diverse as business, computer science, or music. With the knowledge and skills that come from a degree in English, you will be prepared to engage and serve the world—to communicate with passion and truth.

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Calvin English majors have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, business people, marketing associates, pastors, Web writers, librarians, teachers, ESL tutors, editors, freelance proofreaders, screenplay writers, professors, and—of course—writers and poets. Explore the different career paths other graduates have taken before you.

Discover unique career possibilities, areas, employers, information, and strategies for where an English major can take you.

Quick Facts

  • 97%

    English majors who participated in an internship (2016).


    2016 English majors employed or in grad school after 1 year.


    Grand Rapids’ rank on The New York Times’ list of places to visit in 2016

What can I do with an English major? 

  • Write or edit for newspapers, internet sites, government agencies, or universities.
  • Add a minor in science or computer science and specialize in technical communication, including writing for engineering firms, healthcare industries, computer systems design companies, software publishers, and more.
  • Get involved in marketing and publishing, writing for special interest magazines, association magazines, scholarly publishing, or trade publishing.
  • Teach writing or literature at any level of education or specialize in ESL.
  • Write for advertising agencies. Write copy, design web pages, and get involved in media.
  • Write for public relations firms or agencies, and work with account management, fundraising and editing, as well as media relations.
  • Add pre-law and offer your writing and researching skills in combination with your pursuit of a law degree.
  • Utilize your English skills in ministry, as communicating God’s love clearly is greatly needed.

Our Stories

  • Walking Boldly: Paulina Heule

    Walking Boldly: Paulina Heule

    Paulina Heule '15 is a paralegal at a large international law firm.

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  • How to turn an English major into a career

    How to turn an English major into a career

    Samantha Vanderberg '12 talks about her love for words and how her English major helped her land an internship at the one of the largest Christian publishing companies in the world.

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  • U.S. News recognizes Calvin College for its undergraduate research

    U.S. News recognizes Calvin College for its undergraduate research

    Calvin is on a short list of institutions that U.S. News & World Report highlights as outstanding examples of undergraduate research and creative projects.

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  • English students at home in their department

    English students at home in their department

    The English department uses soup suppers, retreats, snowball fights and one book to build community.

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  • Calvin's student newspaper partners with 'The Rapidian'

    Calvin's student newspaper partners with 'The Rapidian'

    Through a local partnership, Calvin's student newspaper gives its writers more experience and a bigger platform for their writing.

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