Our program prepares students with practical skills that translate into real-world strengths. We will prepare you to take the lead as a writer or communicator in any career path you may choose.
The practice of ‘close reading’ was the biggest takeaway from my time as a student in the department. It’s the essential skill and, as we all know, it’s a practice that one applies to the non-literary life as a citizen, employee, consumer, voter, etc.
Bill Conlogue, Class of 1986
Professor of English, Marywood University
Why English is in Demand:
- Because studying the humanities helps us “enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.” (“Why Teach English?”)
- Because almost every career path demands the skills in writing, reading, thinking, analysis and communication that English provides.
- Because English majors have the strong communications skills required in strong leaders.
- Because English majors embrace their creativity and imagination and apply these skills to problem solving, team building and leadership.
- Because English majors are curious. They look for causes, seek meaning, find connections, are never satisfied with simplistic answers, and pursue the quest for truth again and again. (Read this article)
- Because English majors care about the world in their books and the world beyond those books.
- Because English majors are dreamers and doers.
Is it for me?
- Do you get caught up in stories, movies, or poetry?
- Do you enjoy a good argument?
- Are you interested in understanding other people’s experiences?
- Do you care about saying things in the clearest and most concise way?
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Where will English take me?
Anywhere you want to go. Really. The beauty of our program lies in its versatility. As an English major, you’ll develop the analytical and expressive tools you need to thrive in any occupation you pursue.
We turn out doctors, lawyers, CEOs, salespeople, performers, scientists and consultants as well as teachers and writers.
Our students have gone on to pursue MBAs, doctorates and law degrees. For example, Kaitlyn Roholt, Class of 2011, was accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Alumnus Andy Clarke started a literary journal for medical students at Jefferson. The strong foundations you’ll build in our program are versatile and flexible, allowing you to pursue an array of post-graduation opportunities.
Other students have gone on to pursue graduate studies at leading universities, including:
- Drexel University
- Villanova University
- Fu Jen Catholic University
- Syracuse University
- Johns Hopkins School
Graduates apply strong skills in writing, analytical thinking and leadership to a variety of career settings. Many of our alumni choose to work in academia. For example, William Conlogue, Class of 1986,is now a professor at Marywood University here in Scranton. Other alumni have gone on to teaching positions in higher education as assistant professor at the University of Oregon and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
Other graduates find their niche in the corporate sector. Amanda Bush, Class of 2013, works as a Junior Publicist at Phil & Co. in New York City. Brendan Curry, Class of 2001, works as senior editor at W.W. Norton.
From library science to public relations, you’ll be prepared for any career you choose with an English degree from The University of Scranton.
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
In order to realize your full potential, you need to develop a strong sense of self and sensitivity to the world around you. At Scranton, you’ll benefit from our Jesuit ideals of reflection and self-awareness so that you can, in the words of St. Ignatius, “Go and set the world on fire.”