Majors in English find themselves well prepared for graduate school in English and creative writing, for teaching, for law school and other professional schools, for careers in publishing, film, management, advertising and for other professions requiring creativity, careful attention to language and critical thinking.

The Bucknell Department of English ranks ninth (in the past decade) out of over 500 liberal arts colleges and universities for number of majors going on to receive Ph.D.'s. Recent graduates have enrolled in graduate programs at Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, NYU, Oxford, Princeton, and Rice, as well as the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Sussex and Toronto.