English (Literature) Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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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.

Course requirements allow room for students to make choices, enabling you to shape the dimensions of your degree. We offer small seminars, a gateway course, and a research-based capstone course. All English majors are encouraged to pursue a minor to broaden their learning and enhance their marketability. Literature majors graduate with strong reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills, all of which serve them well in a variety of professions, such as: Law / Journalism / Editing / Library / Science / Business / Teaching / News Broadcasting Technical Writing / Marketing / and more.

  • 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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  • Publishing Companies
  • Media/News Companies
  • Law Firms and Political Campaigns
  • Marketing/Public Relations

Top Career Paths

  • Professional Writer, especially Social Media for Businesses & Non-Profit Agencies
  • Freelance Writer (fiction/non-fiction, journalism, gaming)
  • Editor/Publisher
  • Law/Advocacy/Speech-Writing

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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official SAT and/or ACT test scores (Marywood is test optional)
  • Essay (optional)

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