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English

Write your future.

From lawyers to content managers and journalists to marketing strategists, the need to interpret, synthesize and create messages that communicate and persuade is key for what these professionals do each day. A degree in English provides a strong foundation to meet such challenges.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree program in English is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

As an English major at the Mount, you’ll develop critical thinking, research and communication skills, enabling you to pursue career paths in fields such as law, politics, marketing, communications, education, business or health care, just to name a few.

You’ll study a broad range of topics, including early, modern and contemporary British and American literature, epics, Shakespeare, modern Irish literature and American women writers. The department offers introductory courses in short fiction, poetry and creative writing, as well as literary study courses which cover texts from the Middle Ages through the 18th century and from Romanticism through the contemporary period.

Courses in world literatures, including African, Caribbean, Japanese, Latin American, Indian and Islamic cultures are also available. Additionally, you’ll study the English language and advanced study in fiction and poetry.

A degree in English may be one of the most flexible and versatile majors available. Upon graduation, just a few career opportunities include becoming a journalist with a media outlet, a legislative aid for a political office, or a digital copywriter for a tech company. You could even go to law school or graduate school, or help businesses and organizations from any industry with their communication needs.

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Maggie McCormick Mount St. Mary's University Class of 2018

The Mount gave me opportunities to actively engage with other people and ideas, to develop critical thinking skills, to express myself creatively in discussion and writing and to challenge myself to improve instead of settling for good enough.

Maggie McCormick, C'18 Writer/Editor, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

Where English majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in English have gone on to work with organizations and hold positions such as: 

  • Fulbright Teaching Assistant 
  • FBI

 

And have pursued graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • Catholic University of America
  • The George Washington University
  • UCLA
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About the minor.

An English minor from the Mount can pair with many different majors, providing you with additional skills. Combine with an economics major to become a PR director for a financial institution, a history major to prepare you for law school, or a criminal justice major to become a spokesperson for a local law enforcement agency.

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About the minor.

A creative writing minor is also available to any major, and will explore connections between the study of literature and the practice of writing. You’ll take a sequence of courses to develop your talents in a variety of narrative forms, including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

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