Arts and Letters

English

Bachelor of Arts in English

Overview

English is one of the oldest and most prestigious majors at Mount Saint Mary College. The English major seeks to enhance the student’s understanding of language and literature across the ages.

English encompasses the aesthetic, the social, and the cultural uses of written language. The English major prepares students for careers in professional fields such as publishing, journalism, law, and education, but also for graduate studies in English. 

English majors may

  • participate in the preparation of their own literary magazine
  • join our popular Literary Society and the Poetry Club
  • study abroad in our summer program in Dublin, Florence, England, and Spain
  • combine a bachelor's degree in English with a master's degree in Publishing in just five years
  • combine a bachelor's degree in English with a master's degree in Adolescence Education in just five years
  • become eligible for Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society
  • write or edit for the student newspaper, Mount Messenger
  • participate in the popular MSMC Theatre productions
  • join the MSMC Book Club.

English at the Mount

The College offers English majors a literature or a writing concentration. In their junior year, students may apply for acceptance to the graduate program in publishing with Pace University, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts in English and an Master of Science in Publishing from Pace. Both degree programs can be completed within five years.

English majors may also complete a five-year English and education program for a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in education, and New York certification in Adolescence Education, with or without dual certification in special education.

Program requirements

The English major requires 39 credits (24 required credits, 15 elective credits). Prerequisites to the major include the successful completion of ENG 1010 and ENG 1020, as well as a GPA of 2.0 or better in ENG 2040, Introduction to Literary Studies. A GPA of 2.0 in the major is required.

Writing Concentration

The Division of Arts and Letters oversees the Writing concentration, a four-class, 12-credit program designed to allow students from any major to gain focused writing instruction.

The Writing concentration explores various forms of professional writing through course work in journalism, technical writing, publishing, and creative writing.

Students will take two required courses: Writing for the Professional and Copyediting. Students will then be able to choose two additional courses from this designated list, or substitute an approved 3-credit writing internship.

  • Creative Writing
  • Tutoring Writing
  • The Essay
  • Journalistic Writing
  • Newswriting
  • Writing for the Mass Media
  • Argumentation and Persuasion
  • Playwriting

Successful completion of the concentration will include a capstone ePortfolio drawn from the student’s writing experience and compiled under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

This concentration is open to all majors and students. At 12 credits, this concentration can fit within many programs’ allotments of free electives.

Read more about the Mount's writing concentration, here

Where Mount students have interned

Magazines, newspapers, publishing houses in New York and New Jersey.

Career Options

The English major is a gateway to graduate school in English, law, and other fields, as well as many careers, including publishing, library science, teaching, and school administration, journalism, public relations, advertising, and editorial work. 

Graduates have pursued degrees at Columbia University, New York University, State University at New Paltz, University of Virginia, CUNY, etc.

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