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English Literature


Program Overview

The English Literature program, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, offers in-depth study of a range of genres, works, and authors in English and American literature and culture, from classical to contemporary; courses in literary theory and literary criticism are also included in the program requirements. Students may avail themselves of independent study and research options, in addition to the diverse and comprehensive range of regular course offerings. In addition to English Literature majors, the English Literature program also serves students enrolled in dual majors (e.g., English and Biology, English and History) as well as English Literature minors from across the disciplines. The English Literature academic curriculum is enhanced by Pitt-Johnstown's wide and diverse range of cultural and extra-curricular opportunities, including film series, professional and local stage productions, and invited readers and speakers, including, most recently, the critic Stanley Crouch and the poet Anne Marie Macari.

Our graduates have gone on to MA and PhD graduate programs in English Literature at such institutions as New York University, University of California (Irvine and Santa Barbara), and Penn State University, as well as Law programs including the University of Pittsburgh and Villanova University. Students earning the BA in English Literature also undertake successful career paths in journalism and feature writing, public relations, web consulting, and education, among others. Interested students in other majors who choose to minor in English Literature find this preparation an asset in pursuing further education or in entering the job market, particularly for majors in Business, Communication, and Creative and Composite Writing.

The faculty of Pitt-Johnstown's English Literature program are interested and active in literary studies and pedagogy, and include award-winning teachers as well as scholars of national repute. The English Literature faculty's reputation for serious intellectual engagement and quality scholarly work affirms their commitment to students' quality educational experience and lifelong intellectual pursuit. Faculty are involved in a number of ongoing individual and collaborative projects in scholarship and pedagogy; in addition, Pitt-Johnstown is home to South Asian Review, a journal of south Asian literary and cultural studies. English Literature faculty are part of Pitt-Johnstown's Humanities Division (click to read the current newsletter), and all English Literature faculty regularly teach English composition and writing courses in addition to introductory and specialty literature courses. Questions about the program may be directed to Professor Patty Derrick, Coordinator of the English Literature Program, psd@pitt.edu.

Last Reviewed: January 7, 2005