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Bachelor of Arts in English

Earn your Bachelor of Arts in English at Rosemont CollegeYour Next Chapter Begins Here 

Whether you aspire to be a novelist or editor, teacher or librarian—or you want to explore your passion for language and the career options that come with it—Rosemont’s Bachelor of Arts in English will equip you with a deep, diverse, and marketable skill set. 

Critical thinking and the ability to conduct research are invaluable to success in any field, and our students master these skills as they study English, American, and World literature through historical surveys, close reading of texts, intensive study of a single author or topic, and application of literary criticism and theory. Our program also ensures students become highly competent writers and public speakers, with courses in creative & business writing and oral communication. 

Choose Your Path to Success 

While all English majors take a selection of literature and writing classes, you’ll develop your unique creative and competitive edge through a concentration in writing, English literature, or secondary education.  

Writing Track: Being able to effectively create a variety of content can lead to countless professional possibilities, be it an author, journalist, public relations specialist, or other roles in the publishing field. In this concentration, students acquire a strong foundation in creative writing—including fiction & nonfiction, poetry and playwriting—and media-focused skills including magazine writing, documentary filmmaking, journalism, and publication design. 

English Literature Track: Do you love exploring the deeper meaning behind a book and want to take your analytic skills to the next level—perhaps to jumpstart your own literary or academic career? This concentration helps you do just that, as you immerse yourself in society’s most pivotal works of literature. Courses prompt students to explore and understand the complex relationships among language and knowledge, writing and power, and academia and popular culture. 

Secondary Education Track (7th-12th grade): If you’re excited about instilling a lifelong love of learning AND language in the next generation, then becoming an English teacher can be a rewarding career. To achieve this, you may pursue a major in English and complete a predetermined selection of Education courses. Upon completion of the program, you’ll have in-depth knowledge of literature, reading, and writing, and the classroom-management expertise you’ll need to effectively teach—and inspire—your students. View course requirements.

Why Study English at Rosemont? 

Rosemont’s intentionally small class size allows our students to make deep connections to their peers and professors, helping you find your unique voice and expanding your professional opportunities. Our intimate academic environment means that you’ll be an active participant in your learning: contributing to discussions, engaging with different viewpoints, and thinking critically about your own.  

We realize that figuring out your calling is a process, so English faculty serve as mentors, truly getting to know each student’s talents and ambitions. From discussing the best coursework for your goals to introducing you to career paths you may not have known existed, professors and advisors support you through every step of your academic journey.  

Outside the classroom, our location in suburban Philadelphia is a fantastic resource for hands-on learning and professional development. With renowned museums and libraries, literary publications, thriving independent presses and publishing houses, and many magazines and newspapers, opportunities for jobs and internships abound. 

Coursework Examples 

  • ENG 0203: History of the English Language 
  • ENG 0220: Development of the Novel in English 
  • ENG 0270: Social Justice and Contemporary Literature 
  • ENG 0445: Slow Reading Poetry 
  • WRT 0225: Creative Writing: Playwriting 

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Look Forward to a Successful Future 

Advanced reading and writing. Clear and effective communication. Critical analysis. Creativity. Research. The wide skill set you’ll gain as an English major prepares you for success in a variety of fields, including publishing, journalism, public relations, education, library science, and many more. Jobs for BA in English graduates include: 

  • Copywriter 
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Editorial assistant
  • Public Relations specialist
  • Marketing manager
  • Research analyst
  • English teacher
  • Librarian 


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