Our English program teaches you to closely analyze text, improve your writing through peer review and workshop exercises and develop strong communication skills.
Through our English major, you will be encouraged to look past your own experiences in order to understand others, and to study both past and present authors ranging from William Shakespeare, Herman Melville, Bram Stoker, and Emily Dickinson to Chinua Achebe, Sylvia Plath, Junot Díaz and Zadie Smith.
You will also learn to analyze texts in historical and social contexts. With class sizes averaging around 15 students, our English program allows for a more dynamic and participatory classroom experience. You will receive individualized help, guidance and feedback from your professors and peers.
Courses & Topics
You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the English major. You may take courses that study individual genres, such as Art of the Short Story, Art of Poetry, and Introduction to Literary Studies.
Upper-division English courses fall under six different themes: Surveys, Topics, Authors, Language and Theory, Historical Periods and Traditions and Creative Writing.
Examples of these courses are as follows:
Surveys: American Literature 1 and 2, British Literature 1 and 2, World Literature: Novels and World Literature: Poetry, Drama, Epic
Students may also take Theoretical Approaches, a rotating topics course. Recent and upcoming topics include: Black Lives and Social Justice in 20-21st Century Literature, Rough Harmonies: Poetry & Self, Faith and Fiction, Mad Science and Lit, LGBTQ Lit, Latino Lit, Witch Lit and Graphic Novels.
Topics: Scribbling Women in the 19th Century, Feminist Fairy Tales, Detective Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Reading Race in Shakespeare and Haunted America
Language and Theory: Linguistics, History of the English Language and English Language Learners
Authors: Plath and Sexton, Faulkner and Morrison, Zadie Smith, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and The Brontës
Periods & Traditions: American Romanticism, Victorian Poetry and Prose: Women and Empire, Harlem Renaissance and Contemporary Literature
Creative Writing: Workshops in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry
All English majors also take a course in Literary Criticism. Seniors also take a Senior Capstone course where they undertake a self-designed final project according to their individual interests and career aspirations.
Faculty bring industry experience and expertise to the classroom.
The faculty in the Department of Literary Arts have extensive expertise in a wide range of disciplines including American and British literature, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, linguistics, women's studies, composition, public speaking and more.
Author of two collections of poetry,Nothing FatalandJust One of Those Things
Research interests include creative writing, contemporary American poetry, poetics and contemporary fiction
Recent course offerings include poetry workshops, 21st Century Poets and Major Authors: Sylvia Plath
Contrary to the belief that English majors are unable to find jobs, or can only be teachers, graduates of Point Park’s English program move on to graduate school, law school or find other positions such as:
"Point Park gave me a solid foundation to build upon when I went to law school … I particularly enjoyed the small class sizes, which allowed for more group literature discussion, and I was excited to learn from the many accomplished professors in the English program."
"My undergraduate degree in English has allowed my business communications to flourish and given me an edge in writing reports and medical records. It has also helped me stay cognizant of cultural inclusion and different humanistic angles to approach my tasks with on a daily basis."
Friday, June 25, 2021
Literary arts instructor Abby Mendelson is donating all proceeds of his new book to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. In this Q&A, learn more about Mendelson as an author and instructor.
Monday, August 31, 2020
Jessica McCort, Ph.D., associate professor of composition and rhetoric and director of the composition program for the Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice at Point Park University, recently had her essay titled "Flipping Hill House: The Netflix Revision of Shirley Jackson's Landmark Novel" published in the Bloomsbury book, Shirley Jackson and Domesticity: Beyond the Haunted House.