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B.A. in English

College of Arts and Humanities

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B.A. in English

Sarah Paylor

spaylor@wcupa.edu

 

 

Program Overview

Thinking about a Bachelor of Arts in English? With over 500 undergraduates, 80 graduate students, and more than 70 full-time and adjunct faculty, we are a large and dynamic community dedicated to building knowledge in the field of English Studies. Whether your passion lies in Literature, Rhetoric & Writing, Creative Writing, English Education, or other specialties in the discipline, we'll help you hone the key skills—persuasive writing, deep reading, critical thinking, and clear speaking—that are essential to professional success and informed citizenship in today's world.

 

Tracks

Literatures Track

Welcome to the Literatures Track! This track provides focused, in-depth study of literary and cultural texts across a diverse range of genres, historical periods, and cultural traditions; it also offers intensive instruction in critical writing. This track of the English major focuses on the study of literature in its many complex genres (poetry, fiction, drama, film, graphic novels, digital literature, and more), historical periods (from the ancient world to the twenty-first century), and cultural traditions (U.S., British, Multi-Ethnic, World, and Comparative). Our students read and interpret literature for the urgent questions it raises about identity, ethics, justice, race, gender, nationality, sexuality, and humanity, even as they develop concrete career skills in writing, research, critical analysis, information literacy, and oral communication. Literature is where the meanings are—come discover them with us!

Writings Track

Write. Reveal. Resist. Revise: Welcome to the Writings Track! This track emphasizes both the theory and practice of writing, providing students with in-depth knowledge and training in nonfiction argument, technical writing, journalism, creative writing, writing for electronic media, and more. Do you want to change the world? Now, we don't pretend that writers alone can direct the course of history. But we do know that writers make stories, and stories shape our reality. Change the stories a culture tells, and you are on your way to changing its reality. If you're passionate about ethics, citizenship, justice, and beauty, the Writings Track will help you join the millennia-old conversation about the relationship between language, truth, and reality. In learning how other generations and other cultures have conceptualized these big questions, you prepare yourself to take crucial writerly action today for the future of our shrinking globe. Join the tradition!

 

Program Highlights

The English Department sponsors a vibrant cultural life that includes a renowned Poetry Center, readings by notable authors, two student literary journals (Daedalus and Literati), an English Club, an English Alumni organization, numerous student awards and scholarships, and local chapters of the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society and the National Council of Teachers in English (NCTE). Our students and faculty are also actively involved in the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. All of these opportunities enable students to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom and collaborate with others who share their passions.

 

What can I do with this degree?

To the question "What can you do with an English degree?" we say: "What can't you do?" Our graduates enjoy successful careers in publishing, journalism, education, management, law, marketing, advertising, social media, human resources, and business. Many seek advanced degrees in English, law, information & library science, and other fields. Whatever career path you pursue, English will prepare you for any profession that values the kind of interpretive analysis, creative problem-solving, and polished communication central to the discipline of English Studies.

Some positions held by graduates include:

  •  Assistant Professor (at many prestigious universities)
  • Blogger
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Development Officer
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator
  • Diplomat, United States Department of State
  • Director of Sales
  • Disc Jockey
  • Editing, marketing, and production managers at international publishing houses
  • English Teacher
  • Executive Recruiter
  • Global Marketing Director
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • News Director
  • Partner at major law firms
  • Poetry Critic
  • Producer
  • Professor of Law
  • Publishing Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Senior Recruiter

At companies and graduate schools like:

  • Alvernia University
  • Brandeis University 
  • The College Board
  • University of Delaware
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Maryland
  • Neumann University
  • Rosemont College
  • Rutgers
  • Temple University
  • The Times Herald
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Valley Forge Casino
  • Villanova University
  • University of Virginia

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