What Can I Do With a degree in English?

Here’s what some of our alumni have achieved with theirs:


Temi Omilabu graduated with degrees in English and Political Science and a Masters degree in bioethics. While a student, she landed a prestigious summer internship at the White House reviewing letters from the public to President Barack Obama. After graduation she earned a fellowship advocating for women at Global Health Corps in New York City, and is planning to attend law school.

Katie Steiner graduated with degrees in English and Art History. Katie was a Research Assistant in the American Paintings and Sculpture Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then worked as a Curatorial Assistant at The Frick Collection in New York City. She returned to Case Western Reserve, where she is earning a degree in Law.

Cassie Torrence teaches at Heart for Change in Bogota, Columbia, and will soon join Teach For America in Florida.

Stephen Prest graduated with degrees in English and Political Science. After attending law school he served as deputy chief in the general crimes section of the United States Attorney’s Office and is now an Attorney-Advisor at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office in Washington, D.C.

Noora Somersalo  graduated with degrees in English and Chemistry and is a technical writer at IBM in Columbus, Ohio.

Annie Nickoloff is an entertainment reporter specializing in music coverage at Cleveland.com

Samantha Flinn earned a Masters of Fine Arts at Chapman University and since has worked at top entertainment companies such as Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Home Box Office (HBO), and ID Public Relations. In 2016, Flinn started Gold Frame Entertainment, a talent management company which represents actors, writers, and producers.

Abigail Pink worked with Teach for America and is now attending Harvard Law School.

Natalie Chermak worked as a senior director of advertising at Polo Ralph Lauren and international marketing manager for Tommy Bahama, and is now the creative services/marketing manager for Tommy Hilfiger in New York City.

Brian Ward graduated with degrees in English and Political Science, and is a business technology analyst at Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco.

Julia Bianco  worked as an intern at MTV News and is now a Digital Content Producer at Cleveland 19 News, and is now in graduate school at Boston University’s television program with a concentration in writing and producing.

Rowan Emily Wixted graduated with degrees in English and economics, interned at HarperCollins Publishers and is now an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press.

Sarah Jawhari graduated with degrees in English and Chemistry, and recently earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at Case Western Reserve.

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

Marques Winick entered the Law School at the University of Michigan (admitted into a class of 300 from more than 5,000 applications).

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

Tom Kondilas works in media production for the Cleveland Browns.

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.

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

Alix Kates Shulman wrote the bestselling Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen along with ten 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.

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.

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.

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

Terry Moir is Program Director at WKYC-TV Channel 5 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.