Stephanie Miller

Circulation Supervisor, Pacific University Libraries

“Librarians are on the front lines of the privacy and copyright debates that accompany digital and online sources. . . . The English major and Seminar program gave me the background in critical thinking, philosophy, and ethics I need to...

Nick Anicich

Educator and Meditation Coach

“The English major allows you to follow your passion inside the classroom AND afterwards, when you leave the classroom. I am an English major who runs my own business and coordinates a school garden program. Neither of those options was...

Ian Sharp

Retail Manager, Whole Foods Market

“I’m a trained chef, and I’m an English major. I run a successful retail business, and I’m an English major. I’m a veteran, and I’m an English major. What will you DO with it?!!! Whatever you want."

Clare FitzPatrick

Senior Process Executive for Cognizant Technologies at Google

"The best jobs don’t want you for what your degree says. The best jobs want you because you are smart, you know how to think critically, and you know how to analyze problems and create solutions."

Lorien McKenna

Department Manager, PIXAR Animation Studios

"While I was at Saint Mary's College happily working my way through an English Literature and Performing Arts double major, I sometimes wondered how I'd 'use' my degree in the real world after graduation."

Sapna Ghandi '00

Actress & writer

Sapna has worked in business and for several non-profit organizations. She now dedicates herself to writing and acting full time. 

Heidi Bryant '99

Sales representative

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, “so what can you do with an English major?” I’d be a very rich woman right now. My response was always an emphatic “anything I want to do!”

Mary Volmer

Writer & SMC faculty

I came to Saint Mary’s College to study biology and the life sciences, but after two years changed majors to English. The novels, plays and stories I read in my English classes inspired me.

Melanie (Austria) Farmer

Senior Writer, Columbia University

When I entered St. Mary’s as a freshman in 1991, I jumped on the pre-med track, a decision I made because it seemed clear to me: study medicine, become a doctor. There was a real career there. But, I felt like a fraud, an imposter in...
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