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English (BA), 4-Year

Students in a liberal arts classroom

Take your passion for communication, writing, and literature further as you build the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of fields and disciplines.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

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:
Writing

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

Literature

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

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • 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.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

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. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting 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. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Student Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Courses

Explore Courses in The English program

Science Fiction — ENG 210

Explore science fiction as a form of social critique, with an emphasis on themes such as ecology, time travel, mythology, responsibility of the scientist, social relationships, utopias, the alien encounter, and the human and inhuman.

Introduction to Literary Criticism — ENG 237

Gain the necessary skills to work consciously and effectively within the discourse of the discipline with an emphasis on 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.

Women Writers — ENG 300

Explore the artistic vision and contributions of outstanding women writers with a focus on how women writers view women and the concerns of their time. Possible authors include Gwendolyn Brooks, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty and Sylvia Plath.

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Careers

Careers

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.

Internships

Internships

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:

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