You can do WHAT with an English degree?!

What do Steven Spielberg and Conan O'Brien have in common with the first American woman in space, Sally Ride?  They all have degrees in English.  We have to admit, even we were a bit surprised about Sally Ride, but really, we should have known better.  You see, the thing about an English degree is that it puts you in position for just about any career you want. 

But don't take our word for it, take theirs...

 Alumni Profiles - What are some of our alums doing today?

 "Humanities and Business Go Hand in Hand
The Boston Globe (April 24, 2016)

Tracy Carlson discusses the role humanities majors play in business success.

 "A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors." NPR (May 27, 2015).
Julie Rovner explores Mt Sinai's Humanities and Medicine Early Assurance Program which revisits the necessity of a science background as a requirement for medical school, and the relies on the benefits of a Humanities background to medical students.

 "That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket." Forbes (July 29, 2015).
George Andres looks at a technology company that relies on the creativity and problem-solving skills focused on in the Humanities.

 “Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide great Return on Investment.” Forbes (November 11, 2014).
Jeffrey Dorfman uses PayScale.com to show that those who pursue the Humanities and Arts have great earning potential.

 “Humanities Majors: Doing Better than You Might Think.” Washington Monthly (January 24, 2014).
Jon Marcus examines the findings on earnings and employment reported in a new study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

 “Majoring in the Humanities Does Pay Off, Just Later.” Forbes (January 22, 2014).
Susan Adams looks at a number of recent studies to refute the myth that those who major in the Humanities don’t do well in the job market. She cites recent studies to show that indeed Humanities majors do fare well.

 "The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities.” New Republic (August 20, 2013).
Christian H. Paxson argues for continuing to invest in the Humanities for many reasons, including the broad perspective that students gain in our increasingly global society and to keep us grounded in our rapidly changing world.

 “Why I Hire English Majors.” Huffington Post, The Blog, (June 23, 2013).
Steve Strauss cites a number of characteristics English majors have developed, including their ability to think critically, problem solve, and communicate well, that are important to be successful in and contribute to a career.

Video: Marc Guggenheim from UAlbany English BA to TV and movie producer.