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English

English: Major 

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: 
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USA Today named Holy Cross the ninth “best U.S. college for a major in English.”
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High achieving students can join honors societies and work with professors on scholarly and creative projects.
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The Creative Writing Program offers students the opportunity to pursue fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

English News

Mary Beth Sheridan '83, Arthur Weyman '62, Barbara Tylenda '79, Richard Leon '71 and Gus Caffrey '73 stand at the entrance of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel.

Five Outstanding Alumni Receive Sanctae Crucis Awards

Jan 7, 2019

They graduated years apart, yet each embraces the Jesuit magis, a calling to “be more” that has fueled Holy Cross men and women throughout the decades and around the world. Determined to live lives of purpose and impact, these alumni …

Events

Thu
Mar 14
Working Writer Series: Jon Pineda
07:30 PM
Dinand Library Levis Browsing Room
Tue
Mar 19
Reading by Emilie Pine
07:30 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib
Thu
Apr 04
Ira Sukrungruang
07:30 PM
Carol and Park B. Smith Hall Rehm Lib