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English

The study of English attends to literary works of the imagination — poems, plays, novels, short stories, and non-fiction — and to the use of language as a means of communication. Through a wide exposure to a range of texts, students are challenged to explore the meaning of literature in a variety of contexts, and by that exploration, develop a deeper understanding of today’s world.

The English department offers students the opportunity to develop an appreciation of literature, literary techniques and language, and a command of written expression. Courses in the department help students to become better readers, writers, and speakers, preparing them for professional fields that value effective communication, as well as for graduate study in English, rhetoric, law, medicine, business, and education. Faculty include active scholars in a wide range of literary and rhetorical fields, as well as creative writers working in all major genres, supporting the breadth and depth of the major. Learning inside the classroom, and the vibrant daily life of the department outside the classroom, are defined by close relationships between faculty and students.

Program Highlights

Each semester the department offers approximately 25 upper-division courses for majors, as well as numerous offerings for non-majors at the introductory and intermediate levels. These include: 
USA Today named Holy Cross the ninth “best U.S. college for a major in English.”
High achieving students can join honors societies and work with professors on scholarly and creative projects.
Specialize in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction through the Creative Writing concentration.

English News

‘The best U.S. colleges for a major in English’

May 9, 2017

USA Today College reports that the College of the Holy Cross ranks No. 9 among the top ten places to get an English degree in the U.S, beating out Harvard University ranked at No. 10. The list, generated from College …

Holy Cross Produces Thirteen Fulbright Scholars

May 3, 2017

Twelve members of the Class of 2017 and one member of the Class of 2016 have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research around the world during the 2017-18 academic year. Since 2005, Holy Cross students have received …