Academic Programs of Study


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature

  • 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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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English Literature at Marywood

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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.

More About This Degree

Deborah Brassard, Ph.D.
Modern British Literature, Modern American Literature, and Shakespeare
Frances Zauhar, Ph.D.
American Literature, especially African American Literature, Native American Literature, Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, and Women Authors.
Sr. Christine Mihelich, I.H.M., Ph.D.
18th Century Fiction, Catholic Writers, Writing, Writing Memoir, and American and British Surveys
Erin Sadlack, Ph.D.
Medieval and Early Modern British Literature, Women's Studies, Rhetoric, and Digital Humanities
This is just a sample of our English faculty - see them all!

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 work at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C. where I am a photojournalist and producer for Great Day Washington, a local lifestyle show which showcases the good things happening in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas.

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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