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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National Acclaim

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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Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program offers students the opportunity to pursue fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

English News

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New Whall Chair Will Continue Fostering Lifelong Bonds Between Students and Faculty at Holy Cross
The chair was made possible through a $2.6 million gift
Josh Delgado '15 is reviewing classwork with a student from his Honors Algebra II class.
Why More Holy Cross Alumni Are Making Their Teaching Careers in Worcester Public Schools
Motivated students and a desire to shatter urban education myths are drawing an increasing number of graduates of the College's Teacher Education Program to the city's schools
ArtsWorcester Showcases Holy Cross Talent in 18th Annual College Competition
Work of Holy Cross winning artists Shea O’Scannlain ‘22 and Mariam Soas ‘22 is on display at ArtsWorcester through March 27