A major in English provides students with skills needed for almost any career or profession. English majors take courses that allow them to learn how to write well and how to analyze, interpret, organize, and express ideas—the kind of preparation, in other words, that lays the foundation for success and accomplishment no matter what a student plans to do upon graduation. Many of our majors, but by no means all, have found their way into the fields most expected of English majors. They are writers. They teach at the secondary and college levels. They attend graduate and professional schools before going on to a variety of careers.
Recently, one of our graduates had his first novel turned into an academy-award-winning motion picture. Another won a prestigious national award for his most recent book of poems. An English alumna, after successful careers in law and higher education, has now been elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In the same year, three recent graduates won highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to carry out post-graduate study in Tawain, the Slovak Republic, and Austria. Alumni have been appointed Deputy Chief Counsel and Vice President for Global Affairs for a major Silicon Valley computer manufacturer, head of the transport system in a major European city, and principal intellectual property lawyer for a telecommunications giant.
Students who have gone on to careers in writing have worked for, among other publications, The New Yorker, The Allentown Morning Call, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Magazine, Motor Age, The City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and The Philadelphia Inquirer (in the last case as a member of a Pulitzer-Prize winning team of reporters).
Other graduates have had careers in politics and public service in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Delaware County and have served with distinction and pursed careers in the armed services and the foreign service.
Still other graduates have had rewarding careers working for non-profit cultural and arts organizations such as New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington’s Folger Shakespeare Theater. La Salle English majors have also worked for other non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, MANNA, Catholic Charities, the Variety Club, the Police Athletic League, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the American Cancer Society.
Impressively, La Salle English majors have been hired by firms throughout the tri-state area and across the country such as Glaxo Smith/Kline, WHYY, Philabundance, Johnson and Johnson, the CIA, Dupont, Hilton Hotels, ProHealth Care, Barnes & Noble, McGraw-Hill, Urban Outfitters, Blick, Red Thread Productions, the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, and Abington Hospital.
Our graduates can be found teaching in high schools throughout the tri-state area and as faculty members and administrators (some as deans, provosts, and even presidents) at colleges and universities across the country. They are doctors, lawyers, civil servants, chefs, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. We are proud that the skills with which we provide our majors have allowed so many of them to follow their dreams and to find success and happiness in so many areas. We look forward to continuing to do so for our graduates in the future.