department of english

What Can You Do With an English Degree?

Welcome to the English major. Your friends and family may ask, "What are you going to do with this degree?" Choosing this path won't lock you into one particular career. The greatest advantage of an English degree is that it sets you up for a wide variety of careers. The skills you develop as an English major are highly valued by employers in nearly every profession.

The Department of English tracks our graduates on their success once they leave Florida Atlantic University. Below you will find a list of occupations that some of our alumni have gone into.

English Major Occupations 

Public Relations and Special Events 
Speech Pathologist
Fashion Merchandiser
Radio/Television Commentator

Social Media Manager
Grant Writer
Educational Consultant
Pharmaceutical Representative
Technical Writer
Development Officer

Teach Abroad
Broadcast News Analyst
Buyer/Purchasing Manager
SEO Content Writer
Newspaper Editor
Editorial Assistant
Higher Education Administrator
Human Resource Specialist 

For additional information about the English Major and career opportunities available, please contact Shantelle Maxwell at 561-297-3830 or at smaxwel9@fau.edu.



Where Are They Now?

Daniel Dickey Daniel Dickey

Upon graduating, Daniel Dickey joined Teach For America as a high school English teacher in Miami, FL. The experience was not only personally rewarding, but also impactful as his students made tremendous gains toward honest and responsible growth. After two awe-inspiring years in the classroom, Daniel was accepted to The Harvard Graduate School of Education where he will continue his studies with the hope to bridge the gap between higher education and deserving low-income students.

Nicole WiederNicole Wieder

Nicole Wieder earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric. After graduation, she accepted a position with NewBeauty Magazine as an Editorial Assistant. Nicole excelled in her position and had the opportunity to do a celebrity interview with Jessica Alba. Recently, Nicole was promoted, and now works in the Marketing Department of NewBeauty. NewBeauty is a national magazine owned by Sandow Media, and is considered the “Beauty Authority.”

Mike Shier
Mike Shier

After graduating with his MFA, Mike Shier stayed at Florida Atlantic University for a year and taught for the Department of English. In the fall of 2013, he was accepted into the PhD program at Illinois State University for Creative Writing. Currently, Mike is teaching composition, business writing, and creative writing, as well as working for the publications unit in designing and laying out books for various small presses. In addition, he is finishing his coursework, and preparing for his comprehensive exams next fall.

Maddy MesaMaddy Mesa

Maddy Mesa graduated from Florida Atlantic University in August 2014. After graduation, she was offered the position as the Wellington Reporter for Sun Sentinel. Maddy writes three to four stories a week for the community paper, Live Wellington. As of now, Maddy is enjoying her new job and the wonderful opportunities it has given her. She hopes to stay with Sun Sentinel for as long as possible. She has the FAU English Department to thank for setting up her internship with the Sun Sentinel and Forum Publishing Group, which led to her amazing job today. Maddy loved being an English major because it introduced her to different forms of writing and inspired her to try new things.

Rodolphe Ganthier Rodolphe Ganthier

Rodolphe Ganthier earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English in December 2014. After graduation, he accepted a position with Sun Sentinel as the Editorial Assistant for the Sports Department where he covers high school sports. Rodolphe credits his major in English for making his dream job a possibility. As an English major, he learned to develop the skills, knowledge, and the vocabulary of the English language, which he believes is vital to everyday jobs.

Valerie ChesnutValerie Chesnut

Upon graduation, Valerie began working as a paralegal in a Personal Injury and Legal Malpractice Law Firm. Just recently, Valerie was admitted to the University of Florida Levin College of Law, class of 2018. She'll be moving to Gainesville, FL, this summer and is looking forward to learning more about University of Florida's Tax Law program.

Brittany Stahnke Couturier
Brittany Stahnke Couturier

Brittany Stahnke Couturier graduated in 2012 with bachelor degrees in English, psychology, and Criminal Justice. Brittany attended a PhD program in psychology after graduation before making her decision to come back to Florida Atlantic University to earn her Master of Social Work degree. Brittany wrote and published an ebook, Confessions of a Grad School Dropout, available on all major ebook sites. Her book describes her graduate experience and prepares and inspire students to go to graduate school for the right reasons. Brittany credits her experience in the English Department for preparing her to write, edit, and publish her first book. Currently, Brittany interns at Hospice Care until she graduates in May 2015. After graduation, Brittany plans to do international social work in the area of crisis response.

Gyasi S. ByngGyasi S. Byng

Gyasi S. Byng is currently a first year PhD student at the University of Rochester and an adjunct instructor at Monroe Community College. Her research interests include slavery and the African American novel, black identity in the works of Octavia Butler, the construction of white masculine identity in 19th century American fiction, and posthuman identity in 20th century American science fiction. Recently, Gyasi presented a paper on the fantastic and speculative elements of neoslave narratives at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Her creative work can be found in Black Magnolias, Rivet: The Journal of Writing That Risks, and the forthcoming issue of Open Minds Quarterly.

 Last Modified 11/8/16