English Department


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.

Get a Head Start on a Master's degree

You can boost your way into a Master's in Education with our 4+1 system -- spend 4 years as an English undergrad and get your MEd in just one year.

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.

Our recent graduates have continued their careers at these organizations:

  • Chatham University
  • Point Park University
  • Compass AmeriCorps
  • United Mitochrondial Disease Foundation
  • University of Pittsburgh



McCall Goughneour, '13, English Alum

a photo of McCall Goughneour, a 2013 graduate of Carlow
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