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English (BA), 4-Year

Students in a liberal arts classroom

As an English major, you'll develop skills that prepare you for a wide variety of career fields.

Overview & Distinctions


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 one of two concentrations:

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.


  • 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.
  • D'Youville's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.


When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship SAT (M & EBRW)* or ACT⁺ / GPA Tuition Scholarship Room & Board Waiver GPA Required to Retain
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 $3,000 2.75
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000  $2,000 2.5 
Dean's 80/980 or 19
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000   2.25
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000  


Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500  


Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000   2.5
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 or 29 100% off $3,000 2.75
Buffalo Say Yes 90/1080 or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
80 980 19

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.



The English degree curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility for students to develop their own course of study in partnership with their academic English faculty advisor. The path through the rest of the curriculum is individually designed to move students through basic skill sets to more advanced study and application of knowledge.

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 237

Introduction to Literary Criticism

This course will provide students with the necessary skills to work consciously and effectively within the discourse of the discipline. Emphasis will be given to the following: further refinement of close critical reading skills; understanding of literary terms; understanding of basic critical and theoretical terms, concepts and methodologies; and understanding of genres.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ENG-111


Two Electives from ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 211, or ENG 212

Choose two electives from ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 211, or ENG 212

One Elective from ENG 302 or ENG 329

Choose one elective from ENG 302 or ENG 329
ENG Any Four Additional 200-level ENG courses 12
ENG Any Four Additional 300-400 ENG courses 12

Free Elective or ENG 444

Choose a free elective or ENG 444.

NOTE: ENG 111-112 are required of all students and do not count toward the major.


Requirement Credits
Major 39
Minor in Separate Discpline (Strongly Encouraged) 15
Core requirements and electives 66
Total 120



Because every employer lists strong communications skills as a top priority when hiring, English majors enjoy a wide variety of employment opportunities. As an English graduate you'll have the skills that prepare you for a wide variety of employment fields, making you among the most sought after of the liberal arts graduates.

English majors enter a variety of career fields after graduation, including:

  • education
  • marketing and public relations
  • media communications
  • media outlets
  • publishing
  • libraries
  • government service

English majors also pursue graduate study in the field and in related disciplines such as history, philosophy, education, and law. English majors are also excellent candidates for opportunities in the Peace Corps.



As an English major at D'Youville, you'll build your resume with professional internships at local newspapers, publishers, literary centers, and nonprofit organizations, while gaining perspective on a future career.

  • Internships are mandatory
  • All internships are arranged by academic advisors, who will follow your progress over the course of the residency.

English majors at D'Youville can complete their internship requirement by working with various organizations including:

Marta Werner, English professor at D'Youville

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