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A major in English inspires students with the ability to write, read, think and speak critically about a variety of subjects and concepts. These widely transferable set of skills has launched our graduates into a number of disparate fields and careers. A few examples:

Susie Gharib anchors the PBS-TV Nightly Business Report. She has received numerous prestigious awards including the Gracie Allen award (top anchorwoman of the year).

Will Allison is the New York Times bestselling author of Long Drive Home and What You Have Left.

Stephen Prest is an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office in Washington, D.C.

Jessica Kingsberg is a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan.

Jill Warren became a staff writer at the Indianapolis Star, then deputy press secretary for the governor of North Carolina, and now manages Philanthropy Journal.

Chloe Farkas taught English in Japan, then earned a masters in Genetic Counseling at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Katie Steiner was a research assistant in the American Paintings and Sculpture Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is now a curatorial assistant at The Frick Collection in New York City.

Natalie Chermak Beneroff worked as an executive at The Gap, Tommy Bahama, Polo Ralph Lauren and Ann Inc. LOFT.

Alix Kates Shulman wrote the bestselling Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen along with 10 other books of fiction and non-fiction.

Rachel Benish taught English in China, then entered graduate school in Nuclear Engineering at The Ohio State University.

Devorah Appel Goldblatt co-developed an ACT/SAT studying application for Android devices, and founded Advantage Point Test Prep in Cleveland.

Tim Lucas worked as a features writer at the Indianapolis Star, then national media relations director at the Nicholas Institute, Duke University

Lisa Chiu worked as a journalist in California, then was named Director of Media Relations at Case Western Reserve University

Lawrence Lipking is an emeritus professor of English at Northwestern University

Faris Mustaffa is an executive at Petronas oil company in Malaysia.

Dimitri Ofengenden became a strategist at Goldmann Sachs & Co.

Dave Mansfield served as managing editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and managing director of the Innocence Project while attending Duke University Law School.

Sean Santa published Down and Out and: Prose, Poetry, Stories from Cleveland.

Terry Moir is program director at WKYC-TV in Cleveland.

Alex Vikmanis served in the Peace Corps in Madagascar, and is currently a program coordinator at California College of the Arts.

Ryan Edel served with the Army 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan, earned an MFA from Johns Hopkins and is now a Ph.D. student in English Studies at Illinois State University.

Jon Forman helped found the Cleveland International Film Festival, and owns the Cleveland Cinemas chain.

Shaun Owens  is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina.