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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: 
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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

Mark Cronin '80 and son John

Mark Cronin ’80 and Son Help Spread Happiness Through Socks

Jul 19, 2018

Online retailer John’s Crazy Socks started as a playful experiment, a father-son business built on a simple premise: spreading happiness through socks. Less than two years later, Mark Cronin ’80, (above, right) company president, and his son John (above, left), …

Lucca Eloy '18 stands next to mathematics and computer science Professor Constance Royden, with whom he works closely to develop an independent project to artificially model the way the brain processes visual information.

Liberal Arts and Technology: A Match for the New Millennium

Jul 19, 2018

Lucca Eloy ’18 didn’t arrive at Holy Cross planning to major in computer science. He figured he’d focus on biology, maybe even go pre-med. But a funny thing happened sophomore year after he signed up for a computer science class …