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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

Yolanda Rabun ’90 Is Not Done Yet

Jul 19, 2021

It was the first football game of the 1986 season, Holy Cross versus Lehigh — a season that would culminate in a Patriot League championship for the Crusaders.

Holy Cross Bestows 2021 Sanctae Crucis Awards

Jul 19, 2021

When asked about their 2021 Sanctae Crucis Award ahead of the virtual celebration on May 4, 2021, each honoree offered a variation of the above. In every interview, they expressed surprise and humility, citing the family, friends, colleagues and fellow …

(Left to right) Paige Reynolds, Susan Schmidt, and Kendy Hess

Three Holy Cross Professors Honored for Scholarship and Advising

Jun 30, 2021

In her address at the spring faculty assembly, Margaret Freije, provost and dean of the College, presented the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship to Paige Reynolds of the Department of English, the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award …