Where Can AU Literature Majors Work?

AU's Department of Literature is training the next generation of successful writers, lawyers, teachers, diplomats, publishers, and media executives. With rigorous training in writing, communication, research, interpretation, argument and information management, literature majors bring to their workplaces an indispensable set of skills.


AU Literature graduates have gone on to the following careers:

  • Pop Culture Critic, New York magazine
  • Editor, Penguin Books
  • Producer, Sirius XM Radio
  • Director of Literature, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Head Speechwriter, Former Mayor of Washington, DC
  • Senior Director of External Affairs, Barnes Foundation
  • Senior Director of Media Relations, FitzGibbon Media
  • Teacher, Teach for America
  • Associate International Editions Editor, Hearst Corporation
  • Librarian, University of Toronto
  • Vice President, Sawaya Segalas
  • Senior Technical Editor, US Department of Justice
  • HIV Policy Advisor, Futures Group International
  • Chief of Staff, Greenlight Ferrazzi
  • Associate Editor, Healthcare Design
  • Director, "I Have a Dream Foundation"
  • Editor, Conde Nast
  • Journalist, Washington Post
  • Journalist, Esquire
  • Special Assistant, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Research Associate, Shugoll Research
  • Developmental Manager, Anacostia Waterfront
  • Marketing Director, Drake's Brewing
  • Communications Associate, Bio One
  • Account Coordinator, Delucchi Plus
  • Professor, Loyola University Maryland
  • Professor, University of Connecticut
  • Professor, Trinity College
  • Professor, Grinnell College

Graduate Degrees

Graduates of the literature BA program attend competitive graduate programs, earning master's degrees, PhD's, JD's and even MD's from the following schools:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • Columbia University
  • University of Maryland
  • Princeton University
  • Tufts University
  • Rice University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of St. Andrews
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Rhode Island
  • George Washington University
  • New York University
  • Georgetown University
  • Howard University
  • University of Michigan
  • George Mason University


Many of our students have found internships at the following organizations:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

For more information, visit the Career Center website or watch the Literature Department career night video.