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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Careers & Further Study

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Career Opportunities

An MA Literature or English Studies degree equips you with many marketable skills. The degree sharpens your critical thinking abilities, helps you develop strong oral and written communication skills, and teaches you how to think independently. The degree opens doors for you in a number of fields and prepares you for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science, religious studies, history, and communications. Possible career fields include college-level teaching, journalism, technical writing, book publishing, free-lance writing, education, editing, advertising, sales, public relations, government jobs, and library science.

Recent Graduates

Amy Quale (MA English Studies 2014) is co-founder and editorial director of Wise Ink. Her company helps authors with planning, writing and editing, publishing, and marketing. Prior to starting her own company, Amy worked as an editor for Beaver Press in Eden Prairie, MN. Amy notes that her MA degree improved her writing, editing and critical thinking skills.



Lisa Lamor (MA Literature 2011) is Health Unit Coordinator at South Central College, Mankato where she also teaches. She credits her success to the multiple professional development opportunities she had while at MSU, Mankato. According to Lisa, “Skills acquired from my graduate studies that I use regularly include written and oral communication, organization, and interpersonal interaction.



Further Study

Many of our graduate students pursue further graduate degrees in literature, English studies or education with the intention of teaching and researching at universities. Below is a list of some of the students who have taken this career path:

  • Stacey Amo (MA Literature 2011) is in the PhD program at Louisiana State University.
  • Corinne Ehrfurth (MA Literature 2010) is in the PhD program in Theory and Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Michael McBride (MA Literature 2010) just completed his PhD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Kelly Meyer (MA Literature 2009) is a PhD fellow at Idaho State University.
  • Sara Kosiba (MA Literature 2002) received her PhD from Kent State University and is an assistant professor at Troy University in Montgomery, AL.
  • Amberyl Malkovich (MA Literature 2002) received her PhD from Illinois State University, Normal and is an assistant professor at Concord University in Athens, WV.
  • Verena Theile (MA Literature 2001) received her PhD from Washington State University, Spokane and is an assistant professor at North Dakota State University.

Student Resources

Each year the English Department offers career and graduate study workshops. Look for Professional Development Sessions on the English Department News and Events page. For other student resources, check out Career Development and the following:

  • Anderson Allen, Moira. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer.
  • Bly, Robert. Careers for Writers & Others Who Have a Way with Words.
  • Curran, Sheila J. Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career.
  • Eberts, Marjorie and Margaret Gisler. Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types.
  • Field, Shelly. 100 Best Careers for Writers and Artists.
  • Gould, Jay R. and Wayne A. Losano. Opportunities in Technical Writing Careers.

For mroe information about what our alumni are doing, visit News and Events.