English

English

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Students with an interest in writing and literature find that the English major provides highly marketable skills in critical thinking, writing, reading, and in analyzing and synthesizing texts.

Faculty expertise runs the literary gamut from Milton to Morrison, which provides students with diverse course offerings and opportunities for independent work.

See the recommended academic plan for incoming students here.

Our English degree students often complement their coursework with writing-focused internships at area publications or media outlets or with minors in related areas such as Communication Arts & Sciences, History, American Studies, Business, or Psychology.

Employers value English majors' skills in analysis and careful writing, hiring them to write corporate newsletters, create and edit public relations materials, and maintain web copy. These skills also help our students succeed in law school and other graduate programs.

Banned Books Reading event

Students comment on why the Banned Book Readings event on campus is important. They had read excerpts from books which had been censored or banned in the past, like "Catcher in the Rye", "Heather Has Two Mommies" and "To Kill a Mockingbird".

Jim Hopf

Dr. Karen Weekes
Program Chair, English
215-881-7656
kew16@psu.edu
 

Roy Robson, Ph.D.
Division Head, Arts and Humanities
119 Sutherland
215-881-7466
rrr5237@psu.edu