Division of Arts and Letters


Bachelor of Arts in English

Mount professor of English Dan Shea teaching a class

Download Information Sheet

The English major is one of the oldest and most prestigious majors at Mount Saint Mary College. As an English major, you'll develop a deeper appreciation of language and literature across the ages and enhance your critical thinking and writing skills.


Why study English at the Mount?

Our English professors are just as passionate about reading as you are. You'll dissect the literary elements of Heart of Darkness with as much seriousness as the Harry Potter series and spend a summer researching the history of recipe writing. And you won't just read books: You'll study the development and meaning of language, the intracacies of writing and grammar, and the impact that literature has on the world.

Practice your skills by writing for our school newspaper or blog or running a literacy program at the local community center. Join (or even lead) the Story Knights club or Sigma Tau Delta honor society. Hone your talents with a concentration in Writing or Creative Writing or a certification in Education. Even get a head start on your future by getting a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in Adolescence Education here at the Mount or Publishing at Pace University in just five years.

Whatever you choose, being an English major at the Mount means you have the opportunity to change the world with your words.


"The ability to weave beautiful imagery and metaphor into stories and essays is a gift that is within us all...Through the teachings of the professors in the English department, those beautiful minds inside can be awakened. I feel at home in the English program at the Mount."


— Tanner Tait, English and Journalism double major


What to expect as an English major

One of the best things about the English major at the Mount is that it offers you opportunities to further specialize your studies. You may even have room in your schedule to pick up a minor, declare a writing concentration, or even double major in a related field like Journalism or Advertising and Public Relations.

As an English major, you'll take 39 credits in English (24 required credits, 15 elective credits). Prior to starting your major courses, you will have to successfully complete ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 as part of the Mount's core curriculum. Additionally, you will need to earn a GPA of 2.0 or better in ENG 2040, Introduction to Literary Studies, which is the first course you'll take as an English major. You'll also be required to maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in all of your English courses. 

>> Learn more about daily life as a Mount English major!


Be prepared for your future

While internships aren't required for English majors, we certainly encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunities they provide! Mount English majors have interned at places like Hudson Valley Magazine, ABC, and Thornwillow Press to give them the hands-on experience needed to enter the professional world.

After graduation, English students are particularly prime candidates for graduate school in English, law, and other fields. You'll also be ready to dive into the fields of publishing, library science, teaching, journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, editing, and more.

Here's how some of our alumni are using their degrees:

  • Stephanie Weaver '14, General Education Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Joseph Mastando '14, Creative Marketing Director, Lead Singer, and Songwriter of Pros & iCons, LLC
  • Matt Frey '05, Director of Media Relations at Mount Saint Mary College
  • Felicia O'Keefe '15, Teen Librarian at Westwood Public Library


Take the next step

Ready to join the Mount family? Take your next step!

Mount student presenting research