After Graduation Resources & English Department Alumni

Welcome to the English Department's "After Graduation" page. Here you will find a repository of recent alumni outreach efforts, as well as links to career resources and alumni-related content. A celebration of our former students in its own right, this page also serves prospective and current students in English, highlighting the futures that majors, minors, and graduate students might pursue with their degrees.

If you are a graduate of the English Department, please consider letting us know how your studies at UofL have shaped your career. Thanks!


Alumni Interviews

Undergraduate Studies

Cynthia Arrieu-King, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Stockton University

Joe Manning, Deputy Director, Louisville Story Program

Alex Muckler, Assistant Director of Admissions, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, UofL

Daniel Cobourn, J.D., Columbia Law School

Kylee Auten, Graduate Student, MA in Children's Literature, Hollins University, and MA in English, UofL

Allison Danielle Dolan, Assistant Dean for Advising, College of Arts & Sciences, UofL

Rachel Salmon, Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Tian Chan, J.D., Lawyer at Padula Bennardo Levine, LLP, and Eberle Law, PLLC

Stephen George, President and General Manager of Louisville Public Media


Graduate Studies

Jeremy Schraffenberger, Editor of the North American Review and Professor of English, University of Northern Iowa

Kevin Bailey, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville

Jessica Farquhar, Poet & Director of Business Transformation (Health Insurance Industry)

Rachel Rodriguez, Director of the Writing Center, Washington College

Alex Jordan Way, Assistant Professor, Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies, University of Utah

Brent Coughenour, Dean, Mid-America College

Thinking about "After Graduation"

Did you know that famous people in the entertainment industry, such as movie director Steven Spielberg, musician Sting, actors Jodi Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Matt Damon, and Emma Thompson, to name a few, all majored in English? English majors have also excelled in the corporate and legal world: consider, for instance, former Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy, the former chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and former Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, as well as former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Occupations where English majors traditionally do well include:

● Lawyers, Judges, and Paralegal Professionals

● Media Broadcasters

● Politicians (consider Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada!)

● Creative Writers and Editors

● School and College Administrators

● Teachers

● Journalists

● Medical Doctors (famous examples include psychologist B.F. Skinner and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, former director of NIH)

Your English degree is also excellent preparation for professional and graduate programs in a variety of disciplines, including but not exclusive to law, education, creative writing, journalism, and administration. Our recent program graduates are now working at such universities as the University of Washington, Syracuse University, Oberlin College, the University of Alabama, etc.

Creative Writing Program Placements

Ph.D. Program Job Placements


Click here to learn more about job search resources provided by UofL's Career Center, including information about job shadowing, informational interviewing, internships, job interviews, and networking. Please consider setting up an appointment with a career coach to learn more.

Click here to learn more about what people are doing with their undergraduate training in humanities disciplines such as English.

Click here to access a range of career resources and first-hand accounts about the work paths that people have traveled with their English degrees in hand.


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