Customize Your English Degree

As an English major at Mount Mary University, you can choose to specialize in one of three areas:

Creative Writing
Learn how to tell your own story while studying the world’s best-known and most-loved authors. As a creative writing major, you will learn the elements of craft and practice writing in multiple genres, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. We also offer a variety of specialized courses in screenwriting, young adult literature, slam poetry, flash fiction, and more! View the curriculum guides for the creative writing major or English Literature minor.

Literature (49 credits)
Do you love to read, analyze and discuss books? As an English literature major, you'll develop critical interpretation skills and will study key works in American, British and world literature. You'll also gain a solid understanding of linguistics and rhetoric, providing you with the language and communication skills you need to succeed in any field. View the curriculum guides for the English literature major or minor.

English Education (37 credits)
Have you always dreamed of sharing your passion for books with young people? If you wish to teach English in schools, you must complete requirements for both the English and education majors. When you complete the program, you will be eligible to teach English or broadfield language arts from early adolescence through adolescence (approximately grades 6 to 12).

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 mew media major or minor.

Students who take new media courses use iPads for classroom collaboration and to develop special projects such as videos, podcasts and interactive presentations as part of the department's iPad loaner program.

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.

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 writing for new media  or literature 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 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/editing for print and online publications. 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.

Personal Attention, Flexible Course Offerings

At Mount Mary University, you will never be taught by teaching assistants or take an course in a large lecture hall. English department courses average 15 students or fewer, so you'll get individualized attention from faculty to support your success throughout your entire academic career.

Are you worried about fitting courses into your hectic schedule? We get it. Courses are offered in day, evening and accelerated formats for your convenience, and many of our courses meet only one or two days per week.