You’ve heard that good readers make the best writers. A degree in English Literature will help you discover how both reading and writing open doors to multiple career options and a meaningful life.

Major Roadmap

Major Roadmap

Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future. 

English Literature Major Guide

Learn to analyze literature alongside professors who share your passion for the printed page. Develop a global mindset by studying a diverse range of authors from different cultures and communities.

English majors are good thinkers and communicators who can apply those skills in any kind of job. We’ll help you discover what that means for you: pursuing a career in publishing in New York City? Working for a literary journal and teaching teenagers to express themselves through poetry? Going into business, where your analytical and communication skills are in high demand? You’ll have all these options, and more.

Plus, you’ll be in Austin, home to the Texas Book Festival, the state’s largest independent bookstore, and a brand-new Central Library that’s generating serious buzz.

What do our graduates do?

English Literature majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Youth services librarian at Matheson Memorial Library
  • Graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Student at the Columbia University Publishing Institute in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Graduate student at Brandeis University

For more information on the English Literature major, please contact Professor of English Catherine Rainwater. The English Literature major is part of the Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric

54 Alumni Who Inspire

54 Alumni Who Inspire

St. Edward’s University counts more than 25,000 alumni around the globe. Some are making their mark in the job they started right after graduation. Others have excelled in multiple careers. Read about how they’re all building on the education they received at St. Edward’s.