Using Your Degree

Using Your Degree

English majors have excellent communication and critical thinking skills that can enhance or lead you to many careers, including publishing, teaching, advertising, public relations and the law.

Our graduates work in a wide range of fields. "I use my English major every day," says alumna Carissa Larsen, communications specialist at the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota.

Other alumnae who've had notable professional success include:

  • Cheryl Bade, marketing communications manager at Advanced Respiratory
  • Katie Campbell, multimedia journalist at Seattle Public Television/KCTS 9
  • Jennifer Flannery, literary agent and owner of Flannery Literary
  • Kathryn Fuller, English instructor at Unidad Académica Campesina—Carmen Pampa in Bolivia
  • Margaret Polga Hinkle, dispute resolution mediator and former Massachusetts judge
  • Robyn Lingen, owner and creative director of Designwrite Studios
  • Mary Louise Klas, retired Ramsey County judge — the first woman appointed to the district court bench
  • Margot Note, director of archives and information management at World Monuments Fund
  • Cristina Young, client relations manager at Shuster Publishing

Many St. Kate's alumnae are also authors, editors and writers, including:

  • Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie cat mystery series
  • Marybeth Lorbiecki, author of more than 25 books for children
  • Mary Saracino, freelance writer and online editor for Scribendi
  • Mary Stommes, editor of "Give Us This Day" at the Liturgical Press in Collegeville, Minnesota
  • Mayli Vang, who writes about Hmong culture and is on the editorial board of the literary journal Paj Ntaub Voice

Graduate School

Your St. Kate's degree will open doors for advanced study in English and other areas, as it has for these alumnae:

  • Lauren Koshere is earning a master's in environmental writing at the University of Montana.
  • Jessica Lopez Lyman is earning a Ph.D. in Chicano studies at the University of California, San Diego.
  • Tréza Rosado is completing a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Washington State University.
  • Asma Lori Saroya is completing a law degree. She is co-founder of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
  • Rebecca Yares completed her master's in Applied Linguistics at the University of Montana. She created and now runs a web-based business, Native Teaching Aids, that helps Native American tribes retain their languages.
  • Yanshuo Zhang is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chinese literature at Stanford University.