Hastings College English alumni teach in schools, colleges and universities around the country. They study for their doctorates and masters around the world. They earn law degrees, write for magazines, and work in marketing departments as writers and graphic designers. Some even work as accountants and or screenwriters. 

An English major or minor develops a marketable range of skills valued by a range of employers. It’s the foundation you need to succeed in any job!

Go further with a Hastings education

At Hastings College, you’ll hone your critical thinking and communication skills, which are essential in every career. The skills in analysis, research and communication developed during English courses can lead to professional success in law, marketing, journalism, education, entertainment and many other fields. 

With passionate professors who specialize in areas ranging from Old English literature and Dickens to modern variants of fairy tales, horror film, comics and fantasy fiction from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Harry Potter series, you’ll be challenged and inspired at every turn in your college career.

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, English majors serve one and sometimes two internships. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings College ready to succeed.

At every step along your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

Your experience matters

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Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get a “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to help pay for school — but also to find your people.

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We’ve thought a lot about the ways students learn and built a four-year plan to help you navigate it all. From finding your place and in Year 1, to showing the world you’re ready for what’s next four years later.

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Your transition from college to a career begins your first semester. Every class, internship, research study and activity adds up. We love to celebrate all the ways you shine — your experience matters!

Get involved beyond the English classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi and Sigma Tau Delta, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for English majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Then there’s “plus one” scholarships — an additional scholarship for participating in anything from athletics to the arts to media (it’s a long list!).

It all adds up to making Hastings an great choice for you and your family.

You’ll also compete with your classmates for the Art and Eunice Langvardt English Scholarship. Named for a former Hastings College English professor, the award is presented to an outstanding senior, who then conducts a special project and presents it at a public lecture.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Central Community College
  • The Willa Cather Foundation
  • Western Washington University
  • Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services


Dr. Patricia Oman
Dr. Patricia Oman
Associate Professor of English; Director of the Hastings College Press, Chair of the Languages and Literatures Department

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