Old Mill on a sunny day and a student studying in Bailey Howe Library.

Using the skills learned in English classes, our majors go on to succeed in education, law, journalism, government, publishing, marketing, publicity, and many other fields. Because of the broad interdisciplinary focus of the College of Arts and Sciences, English majors are equipped with a broad range of transferable skills, enabling them to succeed in any profession.

What skills do English majors gain?

English majors excel at written and oral communications, persuasion, creativity, critical thinking, research, and editing - skills integral to a wide range of professions. 

​What careers have English majors pursued?

91% of English majors from the class of 2012 are either in graduate school or employed full-time.

English majors most commonly go on to be attorneys, editors, teachers and professors, marketing and advertising agents, journalists, publicists and communications experts, and specialists in grant-writing and fund-raising.

Recent alumni include a legislative correspondent at the United States Senate, a digital production specialist at W.W. Norton, an award-winning fashion journalist, a development coordinator for a major charitable organization, a producer at Yahoo! Entertainment, an attorney, an editor at Carnegie Hall, a manager at the Vermont Agency of Human Services, a business development executive at Apple, and a sports editor at a Vermont newspaper.

Where do UVM English majors go to graduate school?

UVM English majors have gone to obtain advanced degrees in English and other fields from such schools such as Brandeis, Columbia, the University of Virginia, Georgetown, George Washington, Harvard, Penn, Rice, Tufts, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Yale.

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    The Department of English is central and indispensable to the arts and humanities and thus to liberal education at UVM by virtue of:



Longest Standing English Department in the United States

UVM's English Department was established around 1827 and is said to be the first department of English literature in the United States. It consists of 31 tenured and tenure-track professors, 18 lecturers, and 13 graduate teaching assistants. Our current faculty includes eleven winners of UVM's Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence.


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Learn more about English at UVM.

Contact us at English@uvm.edu.

Advising questions? Minors, majors and prospective students can contact the English Department at English@uvm.edu or the Department Chair Mary Louise Kete at mkete@uvm.edu.