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#Why English

Considering majoring in English? Want to make a case for your degree? Here is a small sample of recent resources that advocate for the value of study in literature, English, and the humanities.

Who’s Who with an English Degree:

Michael Eisner, Former Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company
Rashida Jones, Actress, writer, producer, and philanthropist
John Legend, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist
John Lithgow, Tony- and Emmy-award-winning actor
Judy McGrath, Former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks
Janet Robinson, Former President and CEO of The New York Times Company
Sigourney Weaver, Academy Award-nominated actress
J. K. Rowling, Author, producer, and philanthropist
Ted Turner, Founder of CNN
Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and chief executive of Act 1 Group
Anne Mulcahy, Former Chairman and CEO of Xerox
Henry (“Hank”) Paulson JR, Former Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and US Treasury Secretary
Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
Alexa Hirschfeld, Co-Founder of Paperless Post
Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba
Kathryn Fuller, Former President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund
Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America and former CEO of Avon
Mario Cuomo, Former Governor of New York
Martin Dempsey, Former Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
Clarence Thomas, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Eric Kandel, Winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine
Harold Varmus, Former Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1989, with Michael Bishop)

Last updated: 3/30/2022