Degree Level:
Undergraduate
school:
Division of Arts and Letters
Learning Mode:
On Campus
Degree:
Major, Minor

Bachelor of Arts in English

Studying English at the Mount is like digging into a well-loved book: It’s a place where you feel at home, but there’s also always something new to surprise you!

One of the best things about being an English major is its versatility. With a strong focus on critical thinking and reading, interpretation, analysis, and communication, the skills you learn in this major are applicable everywhere!

Why be an English major?

Here’s what makes the Mount’s English major unique:

Student reading at podium

  • Read faculty: Our English professors are just as passionate (and quirky!) about literature as you are. You'll dissect the literary elements of Heart of Darkness with as much seriousness as Harry Potter or spend a semester researching the history of recipe writing while also analyzing Shakespeare.
  • Pass on your passion: Many of our English majors decide they love this subject so much, they want to share it with others as educators themselves! The English program pairs well with those pursuing Education certification at the college.
  • Write your own story: Teaching not your forte? Maybe you’ll want to take on our Writing or Creative Writing concentration or go on to get a master’s degree in Publishing. No matter where you want to take your degree, we’re here to help you find your path.

"Studying English at the Mount has helped me grow as an individual. Not only has my writing and analytical thinking improved, but also my confidence and creativity. The English department is made up of a fun and dedicated group of people, who motivate you to do your best and succeed inside and outside of the classroom."

Ashley Neely '22
Ashley Neely '22

What to expect as an English major

39 credits in English | C or better in ENG 2040 to continue | Maintain 2.0+ GPA

Learn about English major academic requirements and courses here.

You’ll begin your English major with Foundations of Literary Studies, an introductory course taught in segments by three different English faculty. This unique course allows you to meet the English faculty and benefit from their different expertises and research specialties.

Following this course, you’ll take a variety of literature courses, including British Literature, American Literature, and Shakespeare, as well as more writing-based courses such as Tutoring Writing, Writing for the Professional, or Modern American Grammar. Finally, you’ll round out your experience with a capstone course, mirroring Foundations of Literary Studies but allowing you to take everything you’ve learned and apply it to a specific genre and time period.

Outside of the classroom, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to expand your knowledge. Maybe you’ll decide to write for our school newspaper or blog. You could participate in summer research with a professor or even be selected to present at the New Critics Conference or the Hudson Valley Medieval and Early Modern Undergraduate Symposium. Perhaps you’ll volunteer at the local community center in our college-run literacy program or tutor ESL students. Whatever you choose to do, our English majors are notorious for getting involved on campus and contributing to the community, so get ready to make a difference!

Students presenting research

Be prepared for your future

Though not required, English majors are highly encouraged to participate in an internship, which the Career Center can help you find! Mount English majors have interned at ABC, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Thornwillow Press to give them the hands-on experience needed to enter the professional world.

The possibilities are endless for how you can use your English degree following graduation. You could decide to become a teacher or professor, pursue copywriting or editing, or explore a related field such as marketing, law, and library science. The communication and critical thinking skills developed in this field can be utilized in so many different careers!

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

  • Tara Tornello ’03, Digital Marketing Specialist at Adams Fairacre Farms
  • Michelle Fogle ’06, Vice President at RightClick
  • Alyssa Watkins ’13, Marketing and Proposal Manager at KC Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.
  • Melissa Gariola ’13, Associate Director of Digital Marketing and Enrollment at Pace University
  • 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
  • Felicia O'Keefe '15, Teen Librarian at Westwood Public Library

Daniel Shea

Professor of English
Contact
Email Address
Daniel.Shea@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3147
Location
Aquinas 120F
Office Hours
MWF
Noon-2pm
TR
1-2pm

Marie-Therese Sulit

Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program
Contact
Office
845-569-3230
Location
Aquinas 120C
Office Hours
MW
2-3pm
TR
1-2pm

Nancy Von Rosk

Professor of English
Contact
Email Address
Nancy.VonRosk@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3363
Location
Aquinas 12G
Office Hours
MW
1-3pm

Rob Wakeman

Assistant Professor of English
Contact
Email Address
Rob.Wakeman@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3174
Location
Aquinas 120E
Office Hours
By Appointment

Peter Witkowsky

Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Division of Arts & Letters
Contact
Email Address
Peter.Witkowsky@msmc.edu
Office
845-569-3727
Location
Aquinas 120B
Office Hours
By Appointment

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