Bachelor of Arts - BA

  • Broad overview of world literature, with emphasis on British and American works
  • Focus on written and oral communication skills
  • Wide variety of career opportunities

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At Marywood, you’ll find a comprehensive curriculum in English and World Literature, a dedicated and engaging faculty – and a background in critical thinking and writing that will serve you well whatever your goals. You’ll develop your abilities to think, to write, to communicate: skills that you can use everywhere from the classroom to the office to the web. You’ll be required to think critically and analyze what you read for quality, merit, and reason. The background you’ll gain in English and other world literatures—and the histories and cultures behind them—will help prepare you to realize the goal of every Marywood student’s education: you’ll be learning to live responsibly in a world where persons are increasingly interdependent.

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Agnes Cardoni, Ph.D.
Composition, 20th Century American Literature, Feminist Theory, and English Education
Lauren Esposito, Ph.D
Composition, Rhetoric, Performance Studies, and Professional Writing
Sr. Christine Mihelich, I.H.M., Ph.D.
18th Century Fiction and Catholic Writers
Laurie McMillan, Ph.D.
Composition, 20th Century American Literature, and Feminist Theory
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The English program benefits from Marywood’s state-of-the-art technology. You’ll find computer facilities with the latest equipment and software, as well as the extensive collection at the Learning Resources Center,Marywood’s library. In addition to the large collection of books and other reference materials, recordings, videos, and other nonprint materials, the library subscribes to an extensive collection of online journals and databases to meet the specialized needs of our students and faculty. The library also participates in a national and international interlibrary loan network.

Our literature courses will expose you to an infinite variety of human experience, challenge you to read with care and attention, and immerse you in the aching beauty of life in a fallen world.

Our writing courses prepare you to write competently in the work world. More than 80% of English Department graduates work in jobs that require writing. Of these alumni, more than 60% spend half or more of their time on the job engaged in writing projects.

Maybe you're thinking about embarking on a career in teaching, law, or medicine? The English major is the perfect choice. Medical schools know that technically brilliant doctors are of little use if they cannot speak to patients as human beings with unique histories and personalities. Law schools demand the imagination and insight that only someone long steeped in literature and language can bring to bear in discussing legal issues. And teaching English allows you to pass on your passion to others, thus keeping the flame of free expression burning for the next generation.


I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

In 2012, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a double minor in Broadcast Communications and Journalism. Leaving college, I thought I would become the next David Muir.  But instead of a pen as my instrument of choice, it became a camera.  As much as I like hearing and telling stories during the writing process, I believe visual storytelling enhances the writing of the story. In the end, with both of those elements, you have quite a product.

I am a photojournalist and producer at WNEP-TV in northeastern Pennsylvania.   As a producer, I am in charge of everything you see during a newscast from order and presentation of the story to the graphics, scripts, and timing of the newscast.

And how did Marywood help me achieve success? Small class sizes are a definite with one-on-one assistance and professors engaging with students. The full-time faculty teach the foundations of the craft while the adjunct professors give a perspective of how it is once you leave college and enter the real world.  

The many media platforms available on campus are beneficial for students who want to dive in and gain experience. From a school newspaper that is rising to new heights of success, an award-winning radio station, and televised events run by students, Marywood has the tools to help you succeed. Once I stepped into my field, I was properly trained to be the best storyteller I could be.

I am where I am today because of everyone at Marywood.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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English majors must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in English:

ENGL 160 Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 170 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 180 Introduction to World Literature
Survey Courses 3 out of 4 of the following:
ENGL 357A American Literature I
ENGL 357 American Literature II
ENGL 360 British Literature I
ENGL 364 British Literature II
One upper-level writing course
One course from: ENGL 310-329, Genre
One course from: ENGL 330-349, Theme
One course from: ENGL 350-359, American Period
One course from: ENGL 360-369, British Period
ENGL 370 Shakespeare
ENGL 495 Senior Seminar
Two courses from: ENGL 310-499