Your career with a literature degree
Literature and writing students at MUM are thoughtful, knowledgeable, and well-read, and they have outstanding writing and speaking skills. These are abilities that employers look for.
Our graduates have pursued careers as editors, copywriters, and journalists, while others have gone on to graduate school in education, literature, and creative writing at schools such as Columbia, San Francisco State, and the University of Iowa.
• Jennie Rothenberg Gritz: BA in literature, MA in journalism, UC Berkeley. Jennie is a senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly where her responsibilities include overseeing production of the online edition of the magazine and its special features, editing TheAtlantic.com's National channel, and creating original videos for the website.
• Donna Schill: BA in Media and Communications with an emphasis creative writing, MA in journalism, University of Iowa. Donna works as a freelance writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette and as a reporter for the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Her articles have covered topics such as solar power, AIDS, and the safety of carnival rides.
• Theo Malekin: BA in literature, PhD from the University of Glasgow’s Center for Literature, Theology and the Arts. He teaches at the University of Illinois as visiting faculty. He is the author of Strindberg and the Quest for Sacred Theatre published by Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, in 2010.
• Christine Schrum: BA in Literature and MA in Professional Writing. Christine has worked for the regional magazine The Iowa Source as copywriter and editor. She has also worked as a freelance writer and editor for Overland Sheepskin and other US and Canadian companies. In 2007, she was co-editor of the poetry anthology Leaves by Night, Flowers by Day, published by First World Library Press.
• Leah Waller: BA in Literature with writing emphasis. After her BA, she completed an internship with 1st World Publishing in Fairfield, Iowa, which led to a full-time position and gave her experience in the publishing industry. She also published a book of poetry with First World Library called Under the Cedar Tree. She subsequently enrolled in the MA in Creative Writing program (poetry) at Northern Arizona University.
• Hertha Sweet Wong: BA in literature, PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Hertha has taught at Carleton College and California State University. She is currently an associate professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Her books include Sending My Heart Back Across the Years; Reckonings: Contemporary Short Fiction by Native American Women; Family of Earth and Sky: Indigenous Tales of Nature from Around; and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: A Casebook.