• Students have the opportunity to contribute to Gannon-produced publications 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 and authors of textbooks, scholarly articles and creative work.
    • An English major is perfect for students looking to make themselves marketable in tough economic times.

    You Will Learn

    The English major prepares students to write, to study literature, and to 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. Students work as writers and editors for award-winning publications: Totem, Gannon's literary magazine, and for 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 an awareness of award-winning publications, community and the opportunity to sponsor poetry readings, service activities and other events relevant to the field of English.

    You Will Experience

    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, top 40
    • medical industry - Erie VA Medical Center, UPMC Hamot Medical Center, Saint Vincent Hospital
    • non-profit organizations

    You Will Achieve

    When 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 sector. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • associate producer at a television station
    • director of development • English teachers abroad • marketing officer
    • newspaper reporter
    • public school teachers and athletics coaches
    • vice president for talent and organization at an Internet television service

    You will Study

    Gannon English majors acquire the scholarly focus, broad preparation and intellectual awareness that form the basis of an intensive liberal arts education. Students in English study English, American and world literature, and write in multiple genres for different audiences. English majors take various core and elective courses including:

    ENGL 371: Mass Media and Popular Culture

    This course covers the history, organization and management of mass media. It also covers the concepts and theories of popular culture and mass media, including advertising and public relations as well as news organizations. It examines critical approaches to newspapers, magazines and broadcast and online media as sources of information and entertainment. Among
    its focuses are the ethical and legal issues faced by news organizations.

    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.

    ENGL 393: Online Communication

    The course addresses the use of online tools in social media in professional context and asks students to reflect upon the impact of the ever-changing social web on their lives, future professions and society. Students practice using online tools and social media for targeted audiences, employing text, images and video.

    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 Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $38,700
    • Mid-career salary: $65,200

    For a current curriculum listing, visit gannon.edu/academic-offerings  

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) and/or PayScale (payscale.com).