English Alumni Survey: Life After Brown

We're often approached by prospective students and their parents, who ask, "What can be done with a degree in English?" In September 2007, the English Department decided to undertake a project to gather information about the paths our concentration graduates have taken and to discover how the years studying English at Brown have influenced their lives.

We asked our English concentration alumni from the classes of '99 to '07: Where are you now? Where did your degree in English lead? How has the study of literature informed your life after Brown? We were curious about the diversity of career paths our English alumni have experienced.

We received more than 100 responses. The answers were surprising, compelling, and sometimes poignant, and they are a testament to the value of pursuing a liberal arts education at Brown. We want to share them, anonymous and mostly unedited, with the Brown community.