After Whittier

Whittier College English majors graduate with a wide variety of opportunities before them. Recent alumni have completed advanced degrees at institutions that include:

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Durham University
  • Claremont Graduate University
  • UCLA School of Film

Graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers as novelists, elementary or high-school teachers, college professors, technical writers, and travel writers, to name a few.

See what our alumni are up to

Mike Garabedian '98
Collections Management Librarian
Wardman Library, Whittier College

Whittier College Librarian Mike Garabedian’98 was pursuing a Ph.D in literature at Northwestern University with the intention of becoming a professor when the idea first hit him that librarianship might be “a pretty cool gig.” “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a librarian who knew they wanted to be a librarian from the get-go—it’s sort of something one discovers along the way,” added Garabedian. Read more.


Martina Miles ’09 
Ph.D. Student in English Literature
University of Oregon

“As an academic, my Whittier education has been invaluable. I was trained to think holistically about my subjects and to take knowledge from any area of study that helps me see the world more clearly. This makes me a better researcher, a better writer, and a better thinker; it helps me make connections that disrupt and reconfigure my assumptions about the world and helps me resist the urge towards myopia and stasis.” Read more

Catherine Faris King ’12
Assistant Teacher in English

“I knew I wanted to be a writer since elementary school. However, working with the professors of Whittier, taking creative writing courses, and courses that involved the modicum of creative writing, all prompted me to think outside the box and stretch the limits of my creativity. It helped me to really think about the sort of writer I wanted to be, and what method of writing worked for me, personally.” Read more.