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School of Arts and Sciences

English Major

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Pictured is Simon Huff, Point Park education alumnus and high school teacher at Lower Kuskokwim School District in Goodnews Bay, Alaska. | Photo by Christina Huff
English, education alumnus Simon Huff describes teaching in Alaska as the greatest experience of his life.

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Pictured is English alumna Elizabeth (Bliss) Soucek. Point Park's English program gave alumna Bliss Soucek a solid foundation for law school.

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Study English at our Campus in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Bachelor of Arts in English program at Point Park University will teach you to communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively in the written and spoken word. With a major in English, you'll analyze and understand great literary works of the past and present, which will expand your knowledge of human emotion and experience. Also, you'll take courses in expository writing, literary criticism and a wide variety of literature subjects.

if you wish to become content-ready for secondary level teaching, consider the Secondary Education/English major at Point Park.

Course Offerings for a Bachelor of Arts in English

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the English major. Some of the courses students with a major in English will take include:

  • Professional and Business Writing
  • Contemporary Literature
  • The English Drama
  • Literary Criticism
  • Popular Culture
  • Languages of the World
  • Exploring Art Through Prose

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions.

Careers for English Majors

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in English program go on to pursue law school or graduate school in literature and creative writing or take on positions such as:

  • Writer
  • Freelancer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Producer
  • Administrator
  • Communications professional
  • Business professional
  • Technical writer
  • Publisher

Point Park Writers' Series

The Department of Humanities and Human Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences hosts Writers’ Series events on campus each year. These events include public lectures and master classes in the areas of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 

Previous featured speakers have included poets Marcus Wicker, Karyna McGlynn, Eduardo Corral, Sandra Beasley and Mary Biddinger and writers Stewart O'Nan, Ivan Rodden, Brigid Pasulka and David McGlynn.