EN majors get jobs, make money (just like everyone else)

8 Nov

In “Surprise: Humanities Degrees Provide Great Return on Investment,” University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman calculates the value of a bachelor’s degree over a high school diploma. (Note that the numbers below calculate the average early career salary OVER the salary earned by a high school grad, not the total yearly salary. The lifetime earnings listed below are calculated over a 45-year-long career.)

Read ’em and rejoice:

Major Early Career Salary Mid Career Salary Lifetime Earnings Gain
Art $36,100 $57,100 $315,500
Drama $35,600 $56,300 $302,400
English $38,700 $65,200 $444,700
French $40,900 $66,700 $470,900
History $39,700 $71,000 $537,800
Philosophy $41,700 $78,300 $658,900

Dorfman concedes that those who work in some STEM fields may make more money, especially straight out of college, but argues that that doesn’t mean that humanities degrees are economically imprudent or inadvisable, as seems to be the common perception these days. The article appeared in Forbes Magazine about a year ago, but it’s still worth reading.

(Our question: with these numbers, why isn’t everyone majoring in philosophy?)

Read the entire article

Job: Write for Shmoop!

21 Sep
Got this email today– contact Rachel Reynolds at Shmoop if you’re interested in applying.
Dear Dr. Cole,

I’m an editor for Shmoop University, Inc. (shmoop.com), a digital publishing company that aims to make learning fun. Here’s why I’m reaching out to you:

We’ve just launched college profiles (shmoop.com/colleges/) that provide prospective students with all they need to know to choose the right school for them, from the average SAT scores of accepted students to the hottest hangout spots on campus.

We are huge fans of Loyola University Maryland, and we want to make sure your school appears on our site!

We’re also always looking for talented writers and editors to join Shmoop’s at-large team.

If you know of any students who may be interested in a paid writing opportunity, please forward on this email. Go ahead, distribute it widely. This isn’t some random Yahoo spam; we will offer anyone interested competitive pay for writing a short college profile for Loyola University Maryland like what we have on site. If that first assignment goes well, we may offer the writer further writing or editing assignments.

You can feel free to contact me, or my supervisor, Jonathan Leventhal (jonathan@shmoop.com), with any questions. We’d be happy to receive specific recommendations of funny, talented writers for this opportunity as well.

Thinking grad school? New data on enrollments

17 Sep

The Chronicle of Higher Ed on declining enrollment in humanities Ph.D. programs. Interestingly, the number of Ph.D. students overall has increased by 1.9% between 2009-2014. Aside from humanities, the other field experiencing a significant decline in the number of Ph.D.s is a field also important to EN grads: education.

Read on: http://chronicle.com/article/Enrollment-in-Humanities-PhD/233175/

EN as innovation incubator

8 Sep

Why are liberal arts majors– e.g., English majors– so successful? Because they are innovators.

Who doesn’t love cookies? Intern with the Girl Scouts

11 Aug

The Career Center alerted us to an internship opportunity at the Girl Scouts of Marylandcheck it out! This is a perfect internship for someone with good people skills and strong writing–and especially, someone who maybe was a Girl Scout in early life!

It also looks like an internship that will give you a chance to work in development, marketing, and grant writing.

Unfortunately, the application deadline of 8/31 means that you can’t do this internship for credit this fall, but our contact at the Career Center says the internship is renewable for spring.

If you get this internship, you owe Dr. Cole a box of Thin Mints.

Public Relations internship at MICA

10 Aug

Interested in art? Or just want to get public relations experience? Loyola’s Career Center has alerted us to a new internship listing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

The internship is unpaid; MICA encourages interns to receive college credit. To arrange for credit, you’ll need to get the internship and then register for EN 099, and all paperwork needs to be completed by the drop/add deadline. So– you’ll need to apply very soon! Contact Dr. Cole with any questions!

Editorial internships at U of MD Medical System

4 Aug
One of our recent alums, Hope Gamper ’15, is now employed in the marketing and communications department at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and is looking for two editorial interns for the fall semester. She’s hoping to do interviews (in person or by phone) next week, so you’ll need to act fast. Hope says:
A good number of our past interns have been English majors/minors and I was offered my job after interning here. This is a great position for someone interested in writing and communications work in the healthcare field.
Here’s a description of the internship–please feel free to contact Hope (ph:410-328-7702; email: hopegamper [at] umm.edu) if you have questions, and contact Dr. Cole if you’re interested in doing the internship for credit (either 1-credit EN 090 or 3-credit EN 099).


Position reports to UMMS Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Health team members and contributes to writing, editing and content development for various communications channels produced and managed by the UMMS Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Health. Our office is responsible for all system-wide communications, including media relations, internal communications, website, video work and more.

The ideal candidate is a college-level junior pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, English, journalism or a related field. The position is unpaid; however, the editorial intern may receive course credit for the internship (subject to your school’s requirements) and will be hired to work 10-20 hours per week for at least one full semester.

To apply for this exciting opportunity in downtown Baltimore, please e-mail (hopegamper@umm.edu) or fax (410-328-3450) a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and letters of recommendation to Communications Specialist, Hope Gamper. Questions? Call Hope at 410-328-7702.

Principle Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Will rotate in roles/assignments with our various communications teams: Internal communications, media relations, publications, Web site and more. Duties will include creating content, executing various writing and editing assignments, and more
  • May also work with UMMC Communications staff on other related assignments, including providing support for media relations and various events
  • Perform related duties as required


  • Presently pursuing a degree in Communications, Public Relations, English or Journalism.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills essential (business writing, editing, presentations, and professional phone demeanor). Health-related writing experience or completed coursework in science classes is a plus.
  • Skilled at web navigation, and capable of using Internet and information sources for research.
  • Solid project management skills and experience. Ability to handle multiple priorities and think independently.
  • Understanding of and experience with communication disciplines such as graphic design, advertising, marketing and public relations.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint; HTML experience is a plus.
  • High attention to detail and ability to identify key messages.
  • Willingness to learn.


  • Junior or senior undergraduate (or graduate) student with cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher (on 4.0 scale).
  • Preference given to students with demonstrated leadership skills and a wide array of interests/activities.
  • Recommendation by Department Head (of student’s major area of study) and/or two professors.
  • Passing of UMMC’s standard drug screening and background check.

Work is primarily performed in a standard office environment. Extended time on a PC is required.


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