Real World learning at Pitt-Johnstown is a unique blend of academics and experiential learning, leading to rewarding career opportunities.
Our distinctive people, place, and programs create a learning environment that gives students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences in and outside the classroom. Real World opportunities, including internships, service-learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and other creative and professional work experiences, result in exceptional performance.
The Real World Action Program is a University-wide initiative designed to guide students through a series of programs, activities and experiences that complement their academic studies.
"I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them."
Steve Strauss, USA Today
The English literature major at Pitt-Johnstown enjoys the following options:
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, poet Lori Jakiela and writer Gary Lutz.
Sigma Tau Delta
The international English honor society confers distinction upon students of English language and literature. Our chapter, Alpha Pi Omicron, was chartered in 2008. Activities include presentations at national and regional conferences, social events, field trips, and an annual initiation and award ceremony and reception.
Symposium for the Promotion of Academic and Creative Enquiry (SPACE)
Held annually in April, this campus-wide event celebrates student achievement in academic and creative work, offering students an opportunity to present their work to peers and interact with a range of fellow students and faculty of all majors.
Pitt-Johnst's student-run literary magazine offers a forum for students to present their creative work in writing, photography, art, and essay writing.
Humanities Writing Awards
Annual awards recognize scholarly and creative writing in the Humanities, with a range of cash prizes and presentation opportunities.