Through the study of classic and contemporary texts from diverse voices and multiple genres, the English major and minor at Stritch foster a deep appreciation for storytelling and the written word. Employers value the humanities-based instruction that an English major receives in research techniques, critical analysis, and both written and verbal communication. The career options for an English major are limitless, but include professions in education, law, publishing, public relations and marketing, human resources, fundraising and grant writing, and social media management.
The exploration of cultural studies fosters engagement with literature, film, creative writing, and other art forms. Through this investigation, students learn to think beyond their own experiences and to understand how their ideas and actions shape the world they live in.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
The opportunities for English majors are vast. A good major for those wishing to pursue law school or someone with a passion for journalism, English majors tend to not only be verbally skilled but have an extraordinarily inquisitive nature.
Top Jobs for English Majors
Social Media Manager
Public Relations Specialist
Editor and Content Manager
Learn more about these jobs and other opportunties for English majors at www.bls.gov
Liberal Arts Core
The Liberal Arts Core Curriculum is rooted in the Liberal Arts and our Franciscan heritage. It is designed to create a framework to develop knowledge, skills, and responsibilities necessary to educate students so that they will be prepared to contribute to the world guided by a concern for issues of justice and ethical behavior.
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
FOUNDATIONAL LITERACIES/SKILLS: 12 credits
Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
Language & Culture (3 cr.)
*For ‘Writing for the 21st Century’ (English) and ‘Quantitative Problem Solving’ (Math), you may need additional courses depending on your placement.
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
Social Tensions (3 cr.)
The American Experience (3 cr.)
Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Giving students a culminating experience as well as practical work experience, the Professional Core is a graduation requirement for every Stritch student in a bachelor’s degree program. This bachelor’s degree program includes completion of the Professional Core consisting of three courses:
Opportunities both within and beyond the classroom
To support English majors/minors
Students have many opportunities to be involved in writing, editing, and producing publications that are wholly student-run. Clare Literary Magazine is a student edited publication that features original fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Many of our majors intern or have part time work as Writing tutors or help support other student writers providing feedback through Stritch’s Online Writing Lab.
Prize Winning Writing
Each year, Stritch students are encouraged to submit writing to numerous writing competitions. Among others, Stitch students have been regular prize winners for the Delta Epsilon Sigma Writing Competition. Recent winners include:
Sigma Tau Delta
Stritch hosts the Alpha Kappa chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. Our chapter, founded in 1965, supports and hosts events on campus, including read-ins, poetry readings, game nights, and service activities.
Contact admissions or the program faculty with questions about this program.