As an English major, you'll develop skills that prepare you for a wide variety of career fields, from journalism to education. You'll learn to master the skill of writing and develop a critical understanding and appreciation for classic British, American and world literature.

The English major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Choose a concentration:


  • Learn to write with clarity and get experience publishing non-fiction, creative fiction, poetry and drama.


  • Through close reading of texts, gain an understanding of authors and genres, and critical and cultural theories about literature.

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D'Youville Advantages

  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished faculty writers and scholars, not teaching assistants.
  • Build your resume with professional internships at local newspapers, publishers, literary centers, and nonprofit organizations, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Gain journalism experience by writing for the student newspaper or the department's arts and creative journal.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.

Note to applicants: Be sure to check out the application and admission requirements for this program.

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