So you did that thing that your parents warned you about—you decided to throw away any ideas of majoring in something dull and guaranteed to make you money (like Economics, for example), and you followed your passion. You majored in English.
And now that you’ve graduated, or you’re nearing your final years in school, you’re starting to wonder… what next? What kind of job am I going to find out of school that has to do with—writing? With literature? With, you know, knowing the difference between a transitive and intransitive verb?
Well, you could, of course, write. Writing books is very profitable—for like a hundred people in the world. You could teach—that’s a good way to spread your wealth of knowledge. You could write copy for an advertising firm, and just go ahead and throw away your soul right now.
Okay, just listen to the lyrics of Desert Rose and tell me Sting is not a clear English Major. He went to the Northern Counties College of Education.
Not just an actor, Mr. Jones (Mr. Lee Jones? Tommy? T-Dog?) studied English at Harvard.
See, you don’t have to study political science to embarrass yourself in a Presidential Election! Romney went to Brigham Young University.
Perhaps most famous for his role in Mad Men, this English Major turned actor went to the University of Missouri.
Funny lady Joan Cusack went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Now this really shouldn’t be a surprise—you have to have a way with words to be one of the top show writers and talk show hosts on T.V. He went to Harvard.
Perhaps the most infamous staple of the Red Carpet, Joan Rivers once (long, long ago) studied English at Barnard.
America’s Sweetheart, Renee Zellweger, studied English at the University of Texas at Austin.
Before she was Baba Wawa, and one of the most famous faces on television, Ms. Walters was an English Major at Sarah Lawrence College.
Beauty, brains, talent, and of course, one of the most relaxing voices we’ve ever heard—Sigourney Weaver graduated with a degree in English from Stanford.
Famous actor Paul Newman graduated with an English Degree from Kenyon College.
Fame and fortune for his years on The Wonder Years were not enough for Fred Savage. He hung up his acting shoes and headed to Stanford to study English.
It’s no wonder Steven Spielberg is one of the best cinematic storytellers of our time—he was an English major at California State University, Long Beach.
The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar… This guy wows us again and again, making English Majors all over the world proud.
Perhaps best known in his day for his leading role in M.A.S.H., this beloved American actor once studied English at Fordham College.
No surprise here—Chevy Chase started out writing and starring in sketches in his early career. He studied English at Bard.
A natural storyteller turned lead anchor, Diane Sawyer went to Wellesley College for English.
The truth is out there… And it’s this: David Duchovny started out as an English nerd at Yale University.
Another Yale grad turned actor, Jodie Foster once fancied herself a writer.
This guy is so New York, it really is no surprise he went to New York University to get his degree.
This singer-songwriter is a poet through and through. Of course he studied English in school (Queens College).