After the BA

My study of English literature at the University of Chicago has been invaluable to my work as a diplomat.  In international diplomacy, so much can depend on understanding national or regional narratives and cultures, recognizing the innumerable subtleties of language, and appreciating the modalities of communication through various media. The English curriculum at the University of Chicago afforded me a rich intellectual atmosphere in which to explore such topics, and I look back upon my studies with only the greatest fondness.

Christopher Ellis

Undergraduate Careers

An English BA from at the University of Chicago opens up a variety of professional opportunities. Many of our graduates go on to study in prestigious graduate programs, in everything from English to law and medicine. Other English BAs use the linguistic, writing, and critical skills they have honed as undergraduates at Chicago to land jobs in fields like education, journalism, new media, publishing, public relations, technical writing, consulting, and advertising, among others. Recent graduates work everywhere from Basic Books to Google and from the Chicago Public Schools to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Career Advancement (CA) is an university office that offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to help students prepare for entering the job market. The office strives to provide job and internship opportunities in a variety of fields and to promote University of Chicago talent to a wide range of employers and institutions. CA has also worked with students, alumni, parents, and employers to build, maintain, and access the University of Chicago's dynamic global employment network.

The Department maintains a close relationship with Career Advancement, primarily through the PRISM program. PRISM stands for Planning Resources and Involvement for Students in the Majors. The Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate Program Assistant, and the English graduate student PRISM preceptor work with a liasion from Career Advancement to organize several  events each year that seek to get students involved in the major and thinking ahead about their career goals. The PRISM preceptor is also available to meet one-on-one with students preparing materials for graduate school, grant, and job applications. Additionally, PRISM offers two grants of its own: the PRISM Research Grant and the Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant. English majors have had much success applying for these grants in the past.

The 2018-19 PRISM Preceptor is Bill Hutchison.