- Bachelor of Arts in English
- Minor in English
- Certificate in Creative and Professional Writing
- Master of Arts
- Doctor of Philosophy
Overview: The Department of English trains students in a variety of literary traditions, including British, American and Post-Colonial. English students like to read books and think about literature, politics and culture. They also express their creativity through writing and may be interested in writing careers.
Curriculum: Those who complete the English major select courses from both early and late British literature and take at least one course in American literature. Multiple elective courses and a required senior seminar round out the ten-course major. Along with the degree in English, the Department offers a certificate in creative and professional writing. This certificate is offered jointly with the Department of Communication. The six-course, interdisciplinary program invites students to draw upon classes in both English and communication to gain practical training in writing poetry, fiction, essays, journalism, and screenplays. The certificate program also offers business-oriented courses in corporate communication, professional writing, and advertising.
Faculty: Representing some of the most distinguished research institutions, our faculty are also representative in their scholarship and teaching of the spectrum of interests that currently enliven the study of English. Indeed, one sign of the breadth of interests embodied in our faculty is the number of scholarly journals that our Department currently houses, including African American Review, Allegorica, American Notes and Queries, Fugue, Studies in Medievalism, and Thalia. In addition, our faculty are active in such interdisciplinary programs as Women's Studies and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Careers: Students who study English receive a solid foundation for any profession that requires excellent analytical and communication skills. Graduates have enrolled in doctoral programs to continue their English studies. Others find employment in business, education, government and nonprofit agencies. Some students choose to pursue service upon graduation through organizations such as the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the Peace Corps. Many students attend law school, medical school or M.B.A. programs. Others pursue teaching careers in secondary education, the media and publishing.
Internships: Students are encouraged to explore career choices through internships with local businesses and institutions.