Studying literature—the classics to this week’s bestseller list— expands your understanding of humanity. As you turn each page, you’ll explore the elements of craft behind compelling poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and film. Wheaton’s literature concentrations span geography, time, and topics: diversity, pop culture/media, medieval/renaissance, and colonialism/postcolonialism/global. With a keen eye for detail and equipped with myriad marketable skills, English majors fill writer, editor, content creator, project manager, analyst, research, and related roles in nearly every industry from publishing and marketing to law and healthcare. They’re also well-prepared for law school or graduate study.




97% of English majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Associate Editor, HCPro
  • English Language Arts Teacher, Harry M. Bailey Middle School
  • High School English Teacher, Aspen School District
  • National Administrative Coordinator, Jumpstart for Young Children
  • West Coast Page, NBCUniversal

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Cornell University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Yale University

Wheaton English majors are eligible for accelerated admission to the Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies or Masters in Children’s Literature programs at Simmons University.

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 79% for the classes of 2014-2018


Offered by the English department.