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.

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Award-winning writer Thomas Heise

Abington English faculty Thomas Heise

Thomas Heise, assistant professor of English at Penn State Abington.

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"The main driver of my scholarly work is tracking changes in American city life."

Dr. Thomas Heise's teaching, writing, and scholarly work intersect on contemporary American literature, creative writing, city life and culture, and crime narratives.

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Learn more about Dr. Thomas Heise, Assistant Professor of English.

Abington students research rare texts at exclusive library


Abington students research rare texts at exclusive library

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“We were able to sit and discuss various ideas that we had about approaching the project with scholars, and they gave us great insight.”

— Amber Rader, English major 

Faculty mentor Marissa Nicosia, Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature, accompanied four students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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Learn more about Marissa Nicosia, Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature.

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