Explore your career options

Like an open novel, careers for English graduates from the University of Saint Mary are wide open—and largely depend on your interests. Equipped with critical thinking and conventional writing skills, USM English graduates have the tools to plot virtually any career path or prepare for advanced graduate school study.

Successful graduates have used diverse knowledge and critical thinking skills to earn careers as:


  • Public relations managers

  • Lawyers

  • Communications specialists

  • Digital media managers

  • Print and magazine editors

  • Teachers

The average salary for many of these professions is dependent upon your geographic region. On average, English majors can earn approximately $30,000 to $70,000 per year, with experience.


Nancy Mellard - Class of 1975

USM English major now executive vice president and general counsel for CBIZ in Leawood, Kan.

"I know I'm talking a lot of superlatives, but Saint Mary shaped who I am and who I became.

My English education gave me confidence in the oral word, the written word, and the spiritual word. And I credit much of my strength as a woman and my leadership skills as starting at Saint Mary."