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Holy Family University is proud to offer students a highly supportive learning environment that values their personal and professional goals. Students in our English program thrive in our individualized yet challenging learning environment. Students majoring in English are opportunities that go beyond the classroom, including hands-on opportunities in a variety of experiential learning programs, which help to provide students with the real-world skills they will need to have success on the job market. Our faculty is dedicated to not only teaching the study of writing and literature but also to the practical application of these skills for students who will eventually be seeking a job with a degree in English.

What can you do with a bachelors degree in English?

In addition to those students who go on to pursue studies in graduate programs and careers in education, many of our graduates have found careers as:

  • Corporate Communications Specialists
  • Professors
  • Policy and Procedure Analysts
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Legislative Aides
  • Technical Writers
  • Grant Writers
  • Lawyers
  • Content Managers
  • Editors and Editorial Assistants
  • Advertising Copywriters
  • Publications Assistants
  • Journalists

Why choose Holy Family University for your English degree?

Hands-on Teaching Opportunities

Holy Family provides students with many opportunities to gain classroom and teaching experience. Our comprehensive field placement program connects students with a variety of field experiences from freshman through senior year. In their freshman and sophomore years student have the opportunity to visit public, parochial, private and charter schools.

After gaining a greater understanding of the field of education, students are able to gain even more experience during their junior year practicum. During the practicum, students spend one full day a week in a school working in a classroom under the supervision of a master teacher. You’ll do assignments, write lesson plans, teach several classes, and work with technology in the classroom.

Students in their senior year, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, spend their experiential learning time fulfilling their “Student Teaching”—a full-time supervised semester in which students gradually assume the full classroom responsibilities of your student teaching placement.

Real-world Experiential Learning

English students can gain real-world experience through Holy Family University's nationally-recognized Experiential Learning program. Some of the companies our students have worked with include:

  • Advertising Specialty Institute
  • NBC 10
  • New Jersey State Aquarium
  • Philly Edge
  • WBCB 1490 AM Radio
  • WHYY FM

Career Success

Due to their excellent education, many of our English graduates have wonderful success stories in careers that stretch the boundaries of the expected.

Here are just a few of the positions our recent graduates hold:

  • Director of Government Relations, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania
  • President, CMN Communications
  • Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Independence Blue Cross

Major Coursework

The English major emphasizes period and genre literature courses and culminates in seminar study.

ENGL 203 | American Literature I (3 credits)
Offered in the Fall semester Study of American literary development from the Colonial Period through the 18th Century, and to the Romantic Age, represented in the writings of major authors.

ENGL 204 | American Literature II (3 credits)
Offered in the Spring semester Study of American literary development from Whitman and Dickinson through Local Color, Realism and Naturalism, to the Modern Age, represented in the writings of major authors.

ENGL 205 | British Literature I (3 credits)
Study of British literature from Beowulf through the 18th century, represented in the writings of major authors.

ENGL 206 | British Literature II (3 credits)
Study of British literature from the Romantic period through the 20th century, represented in the writings of major authors.

ENGL 309 | Creative Writing (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or its equivalent.
Analysis of the creative forms of writing, such as short story, drama, and poetry. Workshop assignments provide experiences in critical evaluation and editing. Outstanding creative works printed in Folio, the University literary journal.

ENGL 207 | Introduction to Literary Study (3 credits)
A foundational course for English majors, focusing on research in English, literary terminology, basic literary theory, and the historical, social, and philosophical movements.

ENGL 201 | World Literature I (3 credits)
Satisfies core requirement HQ Offered in the Fall semester Study of representative works from the ancient world through the Renaissance.

ENGL 202 | World Literature II (3 credits)
Satisfies core requirement HQ Offered in the Spring semester Study of representative works from Neo-Classicism through the Modern Age.

Real-World Experience

English students can gain real-world experience through Holy Family’s nationally recognized Experiential Learning program.

Some of the companies our students have worked with include:

  • Advertising Specialty Institute
  • NBC 10
  • New Jersey State Aquarium
  • Philly Edge
  • WBCB 1490 AM Radio
  • WHYY FM