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Jared L. Stark
Associate Professor of Literature

Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

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Careers in Literature

Our graduates have pursued many career paths, from business to law to education. Some have gone into publishing, journalism, and marketing. Some are now professors at other institutions. Some have changed fields entirely, going to graduate school in other areas or entering businesses far afield from literature.

How is this possible? Because our graduates are good learners, confident in their abilities to read and understand texts, to write about complex topics, and to research anything from Chaucer criticism to cyber sources on the web. The skills that an EC literature graduate gains are readily transferable to other areas.

Possible career options a literature major might pursue:
Media/Publishing: writer, web content editor, journalist, social media coordinator
Journalism: reporter, correspondent, photojournalist, newspaper editor-in-chief
Public Relations: publicist, communications specialist, media relations manager
Business: copywriter, marketing, advertising
Legal/Law-Related: lawyer, judge, paralegal
Fields that require strong writing ability, verbal communication expertise, interpersonal skill, information management, and attention to detail welcome literature majors.

Examples of career paths of our alumni:
Joy Packer Waltemath ('76), J.D. Stetson Law School, Commerce Clearing House, Inc. Portfolio Managing Editor
Susan Russ Walker ('77), Rhodes Scholar, J.D. Yale Law School, Federal Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Alabama
Ann Rittenberg ('79), owner, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency, Inc., NYC, serving clients such as Eckerd College alum and author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River)
Charles Waxberg ('80), M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon, Faculty in Script Analysis and Scene Study at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theater, playwright, artistic director, Unitas Theater
Sarah Stocker ('87), Co-Founder, Kodama Studios, mobile software developers
John Pearson ('81), Ph.D. Boston University, Professor of English, Stetson University
Melanie Green ('94), Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, conducting research on the psychology of narrative
Cara Brody ('97), Education Outreach Coordinator, Seattle Children's Theatre
Erin Cayce ('04), graduate student, Master's Degree Programme in Medieval History, University of Wales at Bangor
Kristin Harrison ('01), photojournalist, Associate Editor, WHERE Magazine, Washington DC

Here are some of the graduate schools our literature majors have attended:
Boston University
Carnegie Mellon
University of Florida
Johns Hopkins University
University of North Carolina
Stetson University
University of Utah
Yale University

Books and Boats

Boats and Books

Associate Professor of Literature Dr. Jared Stark takes his class out on Eckerd's pontoon boat to discuss Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley.

The Eckerd Difference

<strong>Mackenna Cummings</strong>---Riverside, CA---Literature, Creative Writing <strong>Amber Robinson</strong>---Literature
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