English Bachelor of Arts

Read. Write. Speak. Think.

The English major at Mercyhurst is designed to immerse students in the constantly evolving discipline of literature and expression. From analyzing classic British literature to writing your own thesis on applied linguistics, the English Department offers a focus of study for any student who loves to read and write. We emphasize the importance of thorough literary research of as well as individual thought and practice in theory development. Our dedicated faculty establish close working relationships with students and help them work through readings, research papers, and literary criticism studies; it’s not uncommon to see a gathering of English faculty and students continue their conversations outside the classroom. English majors at Mercyhurst graduate with the writing, analysis and presentation skills needed for graduate programs at high-caliber universities, or to secure employment with this flexible and marketable degree.

DID YOU KNOW...

One of the highest honors for an English major is induction into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

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Join one of the many clubs or organizations associated with the English Department, like the Theater Appreciation Club or Lumen, the fine arts and literary magazine.

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Add a department concentration or minor such as Film Studies, New Media Writing, Pre-Law or Creative Writing.

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Our annual literary festival has sponsored nationally acclaimed speakers and writers, such as Robert Bly, Sonia Sanchez and Peter Coyote, who come to offer readings and conduct workshops and writing master classes.

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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.

WHY ENGLISH?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less what they love about studying English.
Experiencing the world of imagination.
Donna Heid '17
Developing professional and analytical skills.
Naomi Greenstein '17
Versatile learning with room to grow.
Adrian Monty '17

SIMILAR MAJORS

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SAMPLE COURSES


ENG 120 Research and Writing
The class emphasizes skills in reading, thinking critically, identifying research topics, gathering and assessing both print and electronic sources, and composing well-structured, focused arguments.

ENG 364 Postmodern Literature
Study the ideas and trends in postmodernism through movements such as ecofeminism, cyberpunk and language poetics, with special focus on the works of such authors as William Gibson, Gary Snyder, Ursula Le Guin, and Edward Dorn.

EXPERIENCES & OUTCOMES

STUDY ABROAD

We emphasize studying abroad as a way to gain worldly knowledge and experiences, with faculty-led trips to locations like England, Spain and Mexico. We particularly encourage English majors to study abroad at our campus in Dungarvan, Ireland.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Our majors grow their skills by writing for the student newspaper or literary journal, tutoring in the Writing Center, working in the department as a research assistant, or practicing leadership in Sigma Tau Delta.

JOB AND GRAD PLACEMENT

Our graduates leave prepared to excel in their chosen fields or pursue graduate study at such esteemed institutions as Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Georgetown, Northwestern and NUI Galway.

Meet the Faculty

Brett Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brian Reed, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty, Associate Professor
Christina Rieger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Christina Riley-Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor
Gregory Brown, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Director of the Writing Center
Heidi Hosey, Ph.D.
Professor
Jeffrey Roessner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Joanne McGurk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Marnie Sullivan, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor
Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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