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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying English.

On-Campus Events & Activities

You’ll find a lively community of writers and readers at Mills who come together for activities such as:

  • The Campanil—Volunteer as a writer or editor with our award-winning, student-run, website and biweekly newspaper. You’ll gain hands-on experience and professional skills relevant to careers in print and web publishing, journalism, and related fields.
  • The Walrus Literary Journal—Submit your creative work to this annual publication featuring writing and art by students, faculty, and Bay Area authors, or join the student team that edits and produces the journal.
  • Writing Support—Polish your writing skills with help from trained student tutors, or apply to work as a writing tutor at the Office of Learning, Advising, and Balance.
  • Contemporary Writers Series—Meet renowned writers who visit Mills to read from and discuss their work. Past visitors include Natalie Baszile, Joyce Carol Oates, and Cherríe Moraga.
  • The Place for Writers—Graduate English students create events featuring readings of faculty and students’ works in progress, panel discussions on publishing, and more.
  • Mills Poetry Club—Gather with other students for campus activities that promote appreciation of poetry.

Off-Campus Literary Gatherings
  • Academic Conferences—Present a research paper at a national meeting of literary scholars. Your English professors can provide you with guidance on refining papers for conferences and coach you on presentation skills.
  • Readings and Performances—Connect with the Bay Area’s vibrant literary scene at venues like San Francisco’s annual Litquake Festival or Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center.
What Can I Do with an English Degree from Mills?

Graduates of our English Program include nationally renowned creative writers such as the Pushcart Prize-winning poet Dorianne Laux. In addition to authoring books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, our alumnae pursue careers as journalists, editors, web content developers, screenwriters, technical writers, teachers and professors, attorneys, activists, and more. Recent graduates have used skills gained at Mills to succeed in such positions as:

Senior Manager, Content
Adobe Systems

English Teacher
Asian International School

Senior Editor for Features and Programming
CNET/CBS Interactive

Senior Director, Research and Insights
Hearst Digital Media

Technical Writer

Senior Editor
O, the Oprah Magazine

Assistant Professor of English
University of Maine, Farmingham

Content Marketing Manager

Search Editor
Apple Computer

California Attorney General's Office

Virginia State Director
Democracy for America

Enterprise Reporter

Production Coordinator
North Atlantic Books

Senior Copywriter


Warner Brothers