English is among the most widespread and influential of human languages. The language of Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway is also the preferred language of global commerce. A classic among collegiate programs of study, English does more than prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. It prepares graduates with skills that are crucial to success in any endeavor.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in English degree program at Alvernia University develop their abilities in reading, writing and critical analysis while leveraging their power of imagination. Some graduates go on to careers as English educators, while others apply their degrees in fields as diverse as journalism, public relations, library science, government, law and business.


  • Reading the works of great writers from throughout history promotes development of high level communication skills while enhancing depth of knowledge across disciplines.
  • Interpreting and deconstructing ideas helps students to shape their world-views while refining skills in logic, reasoning and conceptual analysis.
  • Exploring in real-world settings enables students to understand how English language skills can be applied to solve challenges in schools, government, business and other realms.
  • Applying skills of critical thinking, clear organization and persuasive expression of ideas enriches the appreciation of English as a discipline with limitless applications.


A major in English teaches students the refined skills needed for close reading and advanced writing. As a result, graduates often work in fields where these skills are in demand, such as publishing, public relations, advertising, media, or teaching. graduates of Alvernia's English program are prepared for entry-level careers in a variety of roles, such as:

  • English teacher
  • Creative writer
  • Technical writer
  • Editor
  • Reporter
  • Correspondent
  • Columnist
  • Copywriter
  • Commentator
  • Critic
  • Production assistant
  • Public relations representative

English majors also go on to pursue graduate and professional degreesin fields ranging from law and business to journalism and library scienct.


According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, what sets two equally qualified job candidates apart can be as simple as who has the better communication skills. Earning a degree in English develops and refines high-level communication skills. (source: http://www.naceweb.org/career-development/trends-and-predictions/job-outlook-2016-attributes-employers-want-to-see-on-new-college-graduates-resumes/)

Your Curriculum

Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, including 39 credits in the major. All students must complete the liberal arts core and community service hours to qualify for graduation.

Required Courses

ENG 202 Critical Approaches to Literature
ENG 302 Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies - OR - ENG 303 Shakespeare Tragedies & Romances
ENG 406 Research Seminar

Choose two of the following courses:
ENG 203 Early American Poetry
ENG 204 Modern American Poetry
ENG 305 Early American Fiction
ENG 306 Modern American Fiction

Choose two of the following courses:
ENG 205 Early British Literature
ENG 206 Modern British Literature
ENG 307 The English Novel
ENG 401 Romantic and Victorian Writers
ENG 404 History of the English Language

Choose two of the following courses:
ENG 106 Short Story
ENG 202 Critical Approaches to Literature
ENG 207 Contemporary Fiction and Drama
ENG 213 Modern Drama
ENG 309 World Literature
ENG 310 Modern Novel
ENG 321 Ethics and Tragedy
ENG 355 Theatre History

English majors also must take a 3-credit major writer or period course and 9 credits of electives in literature and communication.

English Minor

Students in other majors who have career goals that required good communication skills can consider a minor in English, which requires 18 credits in English and Communications (maximum 6 credits in Communications). COM 100 and COM 101, which are components of the liberal arts core, cannot be applied toward the minor.

All programs offered by Alvernia University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Learn More
To find out more information about Alvernia's Bachelor of Arts in English degree program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu, or reach out directly to:

Ryan Lange, PhD
English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair
Business/Comm. Building, Room 19

Jodi Radosh, PhD
English, Communications, CIS Department Co-Chair
Business/Comm. Building, Room 19