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English Curriculum

The English curriculum fosters critical and creative thinking skills, encourages study abroad experiences to gain global understanding and requires an internship to develop practical skills.

English class sizes average 15 students—so you’ll get individualized attention from faculty to support your success. Courses are offered in day, evening and accelerated formats for your convenience.

Customize Your English Degree

You can choose to specialize in one of three areas:

Writing for New Media (48 credits)—In today’s rapidly evolving new media environment, professional writers need to know how to develop and maintain content for print, websites, social media and mobile technologies. With this concentration, you’ll learn how to develop and manage blogs and social media campaigns, research and write effectively for multiple media, and implement new technologies in the workplace. View the curriculum guides for the Writing for New Media major or Writing for New Media minor.

Students who take new media courses participate in an iPad loaner program, so you can use iPads for classroom collaboration and to develop special projects such as videos, podcasts and interactive presentations.

English Literature (49 credits)—Courses in this concentration cover British literature, American literature, Shakespeare and world literature. View the curriculum sheet for the English Literature major or English Literature minor.

English Education—If you wish to teach English in schools, you musts complete requirements for both the English (37 credits) and education majors. When you complete the program, you will be eligible to teach English or broad field language arts from early adolescence through adolescence (approximately grades 6 to 12).

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Arts in English degree. Credit requirements vary depending on the concentration you choose. Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF)

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

English Minor Requirements

An English minor specializing in literature or writing for new media complements nearly any major and provides you with communication skills employers want. A minimum of 18 credits are required for the writing for new media concentration and 19 credits are required for the literature concentration. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.

Journalism Minor Requirements

The journalism minor combines courses in photography or videography, as well as writing for print and web and editing. The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits. Download the curriculum sheet for more details on requirements and courses for this minor. 

English Certificate Requirements

Post-baccalaureate certificates in English (writing for new media or literature) and English education are available. Learn more about English post-baccalaureate certificate requirements.