English Students can select specific programs in English appropriate to their professional goals. Outstanding and motivated students can earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English in only five years. Students have the opportunity to contribute to Gannon-produced publications, like the Totem literary magazine, that have achieved national recognition. Graduates go on to exciting and successful careers ranging from education and the law to business, journalism and environmental activism. Faculty include Erie County’s first Poet Laureate, the editor of the Merton Seasonal, the author of recent articles on contemporary novelist David Foster Wallace, and the author of a new book on Shakespeare. The English major is versatile and allows for career flexibility. You Will LearnThe English major prepares students to write, study literature and analyze language while providing a path to use these skills in the working world. The program offers four advising tracks for students with different professional interests: secondary education, law, professional writing and literature. An accelerated program allows outstanding students to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English in only five years. Students work as writers and editors for award-winning publications: Totem, Gannon’s literary magazine, and The Gannon Knight, the campus newspaper. In classes, students write for the GreenEriePA website or other venues that provide real-world applications in a variety of media. Creative writers have the opportunity to meet and attend workshops with nationally recognized poets. The English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, offers community and the opportunity to sponsor poetry readings, service activities and other events relevant to the field of English.You Will ExperienceAll English majors participate in an internship experience to prepare them for the working world. English majors have broad opportunities for internships within walking distance or a short drive of Gannon’s campus. Internship options include: Fortune 500 companies: Erie Insurance, GE Transportation local broadcast affiliates of national networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and NPR local radio stations: with formats including: country, contemporary hits, mainstream rock and top 40 health care: Erie VA Medical Center, UPMC Hamot, Saint Vincent Hospital nonprofit organizations local news publications You Will AchieveWhen prospective employers are asked about which skills are critical to the success of their workforce, they most often cite communication skills, writing ability and the capacity to form, interpret and share complex ideas. English graduates excel in these areas and they use these skills in a variety of occupations in the public and private sectors. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: arts administration broadcast production development and philanthropy marketing media teaching English abroad You will StudyView Curriculum and Course DescriptionsEnglish majors acquire the scholarly focus, broad preparation and intellectual awareness that form the basis of an intensive liberal arts education. Students in this major study English, American and world literature, and write in multiple genres for different audiences. English majors take various core and elective courses including: ENGL 210 Creative Writing This course provides an introduction to writing both fiction and poetry. ENGL 212 Business and Professional Communications A detailed study of the various methods of communication used in the professions, business, and industry, for audiences both within and outside the organization. ENGL 356 Writing for Social Change Writing for Social Change is a community-based/service-learning, advanced writing course through which students explore and engage in the act of writing for social change/justice. Students will analyze and compose texts, in a variety of genres/modalities, which function rhetorically to advance causes for social change and social justice. ENGL 389 Methods of Teaching English This course is specific to the English education major and includes methods of teaching literature, writing, critical reading and grammar in the classroom. Liberal Studies Core The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program. You Will EarnSalaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. English majors work in a variety of jobs and industries. high school teachers: $55,100 journalists: $38,100 technical writer: $57,900 organizational communication specialist: $58,000 social media coordinator: $41,000 content developer: $54,000 All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).