Arts and Letters


Collaboration Program (3+2 format)
Bachelor of Arts in English, Mount Saint Mary College
Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University


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. It is designed to expose students to the range of literature across the ages.

The Mount offers English majors a collaboration program in Publishing with Pace University. This is a 3+2 year format program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts in English after three years at the Mount, and a Master of Science in Publishing in the fifth year from Pace University.

During the first three years, students take all their coursework at the Mount. In their senior year, students take two to three undergraduate courses per term at the Mount, and two graduate courses per term at Pace University. The fifth year of study is exclusively at Pace. 

For further information, contact the Mount's Division of Arts and Letters.

English at the Mount

English majors may:

  • Participate in preparing their own literary magazine
  • Join the Literary Society and the Poetry Club
  • Study abroad in our summer program in Ireland, England, Italy and Spain
  • Become eligible for Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society
  • Write for the student newspaper, The Mount messenger
  • Participate in student theater productions
  • Join the MSMC book club.

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.

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, careers in publishing, library science, elementary teaching, high school teaching, journalism, etc.

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

Other graduates have pursued law degrees, careers in publishing, teaching and school administration, public relations, advertising, editing, library science, etc.