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  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Write Your Next Chapter with an English Degree from Gannon University

    If you are passionate about reading and writing, Gannon’s English program is the prologue to the career that you desire. You will learn to shape your prose, engage with literary works, construct new ideas, and challenge arguments in one of the most versatile programs available. Translate your passion into an exciting profession in copy editing, publishing, journalism, professional and technical writing, public relations, marketing, teaching or law.

    • Earn academic credit through study abroad opportunities with an English faculty member.
    • Receive individualized faculty support through small class sizes, careful advising, and guided research projects.
    • Develop your career through internships, experiential learning, and career planning resources.

    Learn to Lead the Way in English

    • Tailor your career interests through one of three concentrations: secondary education, legal career, and literary studies.
    • Develop effective written communication skills that are essential in a variety of occupations. 
    • Learn to think critically and analytically; form, interpret and share complex ideas.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Contribute to Gannon-produced publications including the nationally recognized Totem literary magazine and The Gannon Knight campus newspaper.
    • Participate in workshops and readings alongside nationally known poets and novelists at the Gannon Writing Awards event.
    • Present your academic research at Gannon’s annual CHESS Conference and Celebrate Gannon event. 

    Major in English

    The Department offers three curricular tracks to help students tailor the major to fit their interests and professional goals.

    Secondary Education in English Track: For students interested in teaching English at the high school level

    Legal Career Track: For students preparing to attend law school or wanting to pursue another law-related career (e.g., paralegal)

    Literary Studies Track: For students preparing for graduate school in English literature or a related discipline or seeking careers demanding strong liberal arts preparation All tracks cultivate the student’s ability to write in a variety of genres for different audiences and purposes.

    The Department also offers students a variety of internships, and a 3-3 program in legal studies with Duquesne University, and features student-run publications such as the Totem (an award-winning literary magazine). Whether they seek careers in education, publishing, journalism, media, public relations, government, business, industry or law, Gannon English Majors acquire the scholarly focus, broad preparation and intellectual awareness that form the basis of an intensive liberal arts education. Students in all tracks are required to complete an internship as part of their academic program.

    Minor in English

    A minor in English will consist of 15 hours beyond the Foundational English course, ENGL 101. To complete the English Minor, students will:

    1. Complete an Integrative English course
    2. Complete four additional ENGL courses at or above the 200-level—this can include one additional Integrative English course
    3. Two of the ENGL courses must be at or above the 300-level

    This is a wonderful complement to many majors in both Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and humanities fields. A minor in English provides an opportunity to hone essential academic and professional skills, including critical analysis and writing.

    For more detailed course descriptions and degree requirements, visit the Undergraduate Catalogue page

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through core English classes including:

    Writing for Social Change: Analyze and compose texts that advance causes for social change and justice.

    Writing in Digital Environments: Develop writing and design skills for work in web-based environments such as social media.

    Contemporary World Literature: Engage with texts from around the globe to better understand and appreciate the historical, literary and social concerns of contemporary world cultures.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Gannon’s English program will help you build a diverse and impressive portfolio to prepare you for your career. Through an array of exciting opportunities, you can:

    • Secure valuable internship placements with Fortune 500 companies such as Erie Insurance and Wabtec Corp., and at local broadcast affiliates of national and local radio and news stations, health care industries and nonprofit organizations.
    • Obtain career opportunities ranging from education and law to business, journalism and environmental activism.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students apply linguistic theory to analyze language structures and the relationships among language, culture and society.
  2. Students use visual images and technology for various purposes and audiences.
  3. Students read actively.
  4. Students produce rhetorically effective writing in multiple genres appropriate for the context and audience.
  5. Students write effectively in response to literary texts.
  6. Students analyze print and non-print media and the role of technology in communication.
  7. Students conduct research of various kinds and report results effectively.
Anna Brink

Anna Brink English

“The program is organized in a way that has made me feel prepared for my future. I feel that the Gannon English program has taught me how to think critically and view concepts from many different perspectives. The English professors are also kind and passionate about the subject matter.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.