The Alvernia English curriculum encourages critical thinking, clear organization and expression of ideas, and the development of problem-solving abilities. It provides opportunities for self-knowledge and growth as students explore the ideas of great writers of the past and present.
The English program offers excellent preparation for graduate school or for careers in law, management, journalism, public relations, marketing, teaching, library science, or government service. Majors in English complete either the pre-professional sequence or the English/secondary education sequence which, when combined with education courses, prepares students to teach on the secondary level.
English majors are encouraged to spend a semester interning at the Washington Center, a national internship program for gaining practical experience by working in congressional offices, government agencies, news networks, or agencies devoted to legal affairs, international relations, or business and economic issues. In addition, they have opportunities to intern with non-profit organizations working with the environment, women's issues, the arts, education, science, or labor relations.
Graduates of Alvernia's English program have gone on to graduate school at universities including Villanova and The University of Pennsylvania. They have been employed by Manhattan College, Parsons, UGI Utilities, and the Reading Eagle-Times; by schools and churches from Reading, PA to Tokyo, Japan; by public service institutions and non-profit organizations including the American Diabetes Association and Junior Achievement; and by private industry in capacities ranging from management analyst to radio sportscaster.