After Gustavus

Graduate and Professional School

Gustavus English majors have pursued a wide variety of graduate and professional school programs all over the country.

  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Emory University (Religion)
  • Hamline University (Creative Writing)
  • Iowa State University (Geology)
  • Luther Seminary (M.Div.)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato (M.F.A., M.A.T)
  • Minnesota State University, Moorhead (Education)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • John's University (Theology)
  • Stockholm University (English)
  • University of Arizona (Education)
  • University of Colorado (Classics)
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Comp. Lit.)
  • University of Hawaii (E.S.L.)
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa (Rhetoric)
  • University of Kansas (English)
  • University of Michigan (Medicine)
  • Michigan State University (American Culture and Writing)
  • University of Minnesota (English, Environmental Education)
  • University of Montana (Virology)
  • University of New Mexico (English)
  • University of Montana (English)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (English)
  • University of St. Thomas (Learning Technology)
  • University of Southern California (Cinema/T.V.)
  • University of Texas at Austin (English)
  • University of Toronto (Comp. Lit.)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (English)
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison (English)
  • University of Wisconsin, Superior



  • Senior Communications Designer, United Health Care
  • English as a Second Language Coordinator
  • Editor, Capstone Press, West Publishing
  • Account Executive
  • Technical Writers and Editors
  • National Multimedia Producer
  • Senior Editor, Outside Magazine
  • Sales Manager, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MN
  • Public Relations Specialist, Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Major Gifts Specialist Catholic Charities
  • Production Manager, CBS
  • Executive Producer/Writer, "The District" TV series (CBS)
  • Associate Art Director, Crain's New York Business
  • Journalist for the South Whidbey Record, Langley, VA Writer for Motala Tidning, Sweden Reporter for The Mendota Recorder


  • ESL Coordinator and teacher
  • Teachers of English in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and the Marty Indian School
  • Vice President, Sales/Marketing Young America
  • Policy Analyst, E.P.A.
  • Journalist, Des Moines Register
  • Free-lance Writer
  • Attorney, Assistant State Public Defender, MN
  • Multumedia Designer and Instructional Consultant, University of Minnesota
  • Faculty at Northland College, Normandale Community College, and Pomona College (Media Studies)


  • Vice President for Resettlement, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Publications Coordinator, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Librarians
  • Attorney
  • Associate director, Graduate School Scholarship Office, University of Minnesota
  • Vice President of Human Resources, Minnesota Vikings Food
  • Services
  • Film Director, Star Lake Productions, Inc., CA
  • Coordinator of the Writing Center and Academic Resource Center, University of Minnesota
  • Faculty Trinity University, TX (Chinese)

1950s and 1960s

  • Director of Corporate Relations, American Medical Association
  • Superior Court Judge, New Jersey
  • Global missionary
  • Librarian
  • Sales, Marketing, and management at Green Giant and Pillsbury
  • Social worker
  • University lecturer, Sweden
  • Executive Vice President, Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc.


  • Undomesticated Ground: Recasting Nature as Feminist Space (Cornell 2000)
  • China Memoir
  • Facing Forward (history of the L.C.A.)
  • Be Thou My Vision (50-year history of Normandale Church, Edina)
  • Children's biography of Sacagawea
  • Poetry collections and individual poems published in journals
  • Uptimes: Pulp and Paper Process News/Fiberlines, Sweden (publications of Kvaerner Pulping Publications)
  • The Physician Within
  • Asserting Yourself
  • Painless Public Speaking
  • The Assertive Advantage
  • The Growing Season

Various writing opportunities in grant writing, advertising copy, hometown newspaper columns, and newsletters on church history, emissions and environmental protection, and technical manuals.

Plus, a church cookbook that sold more than 2,500 copies