The Carlow University English Department engages the intellects and imaginations of our students through the discovery and exploration of literature and language. Our courses range from topics such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Gothic fiction; to technical writing, memoir writing, and foundation proposals; to world literature, LGBTQA poets, crime fiction, and environmental justice writing.

The English major provides a strong foundation in British and American literature, world literature, major writers, and linguistics. If you major in English, you will have the flexibility to focus on additional areas of interest by taking a variety of electives, combining your degree with a secondary education certification, or pursuing a double major or minor in creative writing or professional writing. Many major courses highlight women writers’ contributions to the history of literature.

Where Our Graduates Go

English majors develop the ability to read critically, to communicate clearly and confidently, and to conduct research with an open and analytical mind. The major prepares students for many professions that require strong analytical thinking and exceptional communication skills, including fields such as teaching, publishing, public relations, and law. 

The strong skills derived from a liberal arts degree in English will give you the tools to comprehend complex material that require intense concentration—and to write a persuasive and complete account of what it all means. Employers are looking for people with good communication skills which opens you to a wide range of careers.

Creative Writing: Books, Poetry. Plays, Screenplays, Scripts, Greeting Cards, Lyrics/Jingle Writing, Journalism, Writing/Reporting, Editing, Technical Writing, Science and Medical Writing, Freelance Writing

Education: Teaching, Administration, Student Affairs, Academic Advising, Tutoring, Information/Library Science, Non-classroom Teaching, English as Another Language 

Publishing: Editing, Advertising, Sales, Circulation, Production, Publicity, Marketing, Promotion, Administration 

Advertising: Creative Services, Copy Writing, Art Direction, Account Management, Media, Account Planning, Production

Law: Prosecution, Defense, Law Assistance, Contractual Corporate, Nonprofit or Public Interest, Government, Mediation, Lobbying

Business: Management, Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Insurance, Claims, Underwriting 

Public Relations: Media Relations, Account Coordination, Writing/Editing, Account Management

If you'd like to learn more about our English program, let us know!

Student Spotlight

Catherine Foradori

“I loved class with Dr. Lowe, she’s helped me find a comfortable place within the world of political science, and as for English, well, I love reading and doing research, so that felt like a good fit, too.”

BA English and Political Science ’15

Jan Beatty

"I believe there are open doors in everybody."