From analyzing classic British literature to writing your own thesis on applied linguistics, the English department at Mercyhurst University offers a focus of study for any student who loves to read and write.

English majors have the opportunity to serve as a research assistant for faculty members, work at the university’s Writing Center, and receive hands-on work experience in professional writing. Active student clubs and organizations like Lumen, the campus arts journal; The Theatre Appreciation Club, which helps promote university productions; and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, can help you tailor your experience as an English major to best fit your personal interests and career goals.

The department has sponsored nationally acclaimed speakers and writers, such as Robert Bly, Sonia Sanchez and Peter Coyote, who come to offer readings, conduct workshops and lead writing master classes. Our dynamic and dedicated faculty establish close working relationships with students – it’s not uncommon to see a gathering of English faculty and students continue their conversations outside the classroom. Our students leave Mercyhurst well prepared with the requisite writing, analysis and presentation skills needed to for graduate programs at high-caliber universities, or to secure employment with this flexible and marketable degree.