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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.
Published pieces includeMary Wollstonecraft, Pedagogy and the Practice of Feminism,"Didacticism" and "'A New Servitude': Pedagogy and Feminist Practice in Brontë's Jane Eyre"
Research interests involve the intersections between proto-feminist literatures and composition studies
Teaches English Composition I & II, writing studio, senior seminar, college composition, romanticism and effective speech
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:
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
The power of networking, the value of internships and staying true to one's career aspirations: Point Park University's Literature, Culture and Society Career and Internship Summit brought together students, alumni and industry professionals to discuss the ways in which they have achieved their goals and how their Point Park education has helped them find success.
Friday, January 28, 2022
"I would recommend Point Park to a prospective student because of the opportunities that are readily available in Downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. The University offers great connections to different kinds of internships and jobs that are helpful to anyone's future."
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
"If it weren’t for the creative inspirations of Professor Girman and Karen Dwyer, Ph.D., I would not be where I am now. I give all my thanks to these wonderful professors. Point Park constantly encourages students to find their potential. This school is more than a place to gain a degree — it’s home."