The English program explores how literature and writing shape our understanding of ourselves, our histories and our cultures and provides a springboard to many diverse and rewarding careers.



Major Success

The percentage of our 2016 English program graduates who are either employed or in graduate programs.


Meaningful Experiences

The percentage of Quinnipiac seniors who rated their overall experience as "good" or "excellent." (NSSA 2015 National Survey)

Program Overview

The BA in English covers a wide spectrum of literary genres and movements, from the medieval period up to the contemporary moment. You’ll regularly engage in the study of literature within its sociocultural contexts, as well as practice critical and creative writing in small classes that encourage stimulating discussion. In the process, you’ll also develop the critical thinking, writing and research capabilities valued by employers in virtually every field.

You’ll work closely with a faculty adviser to craft a curriculum that focuses on your literary interests and career goals. Our flexible 36-credit major is ideal for adding a double major or minor in complementary disciplines ranging from law and society, to psychology, drama, film and economics. You also have the option of choosing the creative writing concentration, or the secondary education concentration, which focuses on elements of teaching high school English.

The program culminates in a capstone course, where you’ll produce an original project that illustrates the depth of your knowledge and creativity. Graduates of our program are well-prepared for careers in government, public service, not-for-profit foundations, public relations, advertising, print and digital publishing and other business fields. Many of our students also pursue graduate study in English, elementary and secondary education, law, business or library science.

The English major is both active and engaging. You’ll have the opportunity to gain practical insight from professional writers through our visiting authors series, as well as read original work in our student writers’ series. You may also write for or work on the editorial staff of Montage, our literary arts journal, as well as The Chronicle and other student-run publications. A select number of students who display strong talent and passion for literary study are invited to join the English Honors Society.


Photo of Renée Tursi, an associate professor of English, in front of mountains

Expanding our world view

Renée Tursi, an associate professor of English, is researching the brain-computer metaphor, an analogy that compares the workings of the brain to a computer and vice versa.

Faculty Profile

English professor explores the meaning of computer deep learning

Renée Tursi is trying to better understand the comparison’s ramifications on our society — and our future. Tursi, an associate professor of English, is spending the semester serving as a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in the Person and Society at Concordia University-Montréal’s Centre for Expanded Poetics. The Fulbright Scholar Program awards competitive, merit-based grants for international educational opportunities for students and faculty.

“I am researching the brain-computer metaphor, an analogy that compares the workings of the brain to a computer and vice versa,” she explained. “Applying literary studies and philosophy to conceptual structures from across the disciplines, my project is exploring this metaphor’s evolution, particularly in relation to Canada’s groundbreaking work in computer deep learning.”   

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Professor Tursi speaks at a podium in front of the "16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates" logo

Center Stage

Professor Tursi is an active contributor to the Quinnipiac Albert Schweitzer Institute, traveling with students on many trips, including the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Bogota, Columbia in 2017

“My aim with students is to help them discover and develop the authority of their own thinking and to experience a form of genuine joy in engaging with literature.”
Renée Tursi, associate professor of English


A bachelor's degree in English can be useful in a number of career areas. Graduates can work in communications, business, government and non-profit; research and university and college teaching. English majors gain communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers.

Examples of careers for English majors:


  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Screenwriter
  • Copywriter
  • Research Analyst
  • Technical Writer 


  • Public Relations
  • Agent
  • Manager
  • Content Developer/Producer 
  • Information Architect
  • Research Analyst 


  • ESL teacher/tutor
  • Classroom assistant
  • Speechwriter
  • Mediator 
  • Grant writer
  • Archivist
“Quinnipiac has some of the most dedicated, learned, and inspiring professors you could ask for. The critical reading, thinking, and writing skills that I developed at QU propelled me to positions across the country as a Project Manager and serve me now in the greatest, most diverse city in the country, NYC. The skills you take from this campus can take you anywhere.”
Sam Chaney '10 (BA in English)
Field Director, Cynthia Nixon for New York


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in English Curriculum

Students majoring in English must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
English Major Requirements
Flexible Requirements:
Select any EN courses at the 200 or 300 level21
Select at least 6 credits at the EN 300 level in each category; courses cannot count for multiple categories:
A. Language, Rhetoric, Genre and Form
B. Periods, Places, Cultures and Identities
Advanced Requirements
Select one from each of the following categories:9
Literary History Underrepresented Writers:
EN 223
Hippies, Punks and Rude Boys
EN 235
Literature by Women (WS 235)
EN 265
Survey of African-American Literature
EN 276
African Literature
EN 277
Literature of the Americas
EN 338
American Literature by Women of Color (WS 338)
EN 340
Immigrant Fictions
Literary History I:
EN 341
Chaucer and the Medieval Period
EN 345
English Literature of the Renaissance
EN 348
Milton and the 17th Century
EN 350
18th-Century British Literature (1660-1800)
EN 361
Origins of U.S. Literature (1492-1865)
Literary History II:
EN 308
Composing America
EN 322
Modern British Literature (1900-1945)
EN 323
Contemporary British Literature (1945-Present)
EN 352
British Romanticism (1785-1832)
EN 355
Victorian Literature (1832-1901)
EN 365
The American Renaissance (1830-1865)
EN 366
Modern U.S. Literature (1900-1945)
EN 367
Contemporary U.S. Literature (1945-Present)
EN 380
Realism and Naturalism in U.S. Literature (1865-1930)
EN 304Junior Seminar in Critical Theory3
EN 460Senior Seminar Capstone3
Free Electives17-20
Total Credits120-126

Concentration in Creative Writing Curriculum

All students wishing to fulfill the requirements for a concentration in creative writing must take the following courses:

Select two 200-level creative writing courses6
Select two 300-level advanced creative writing workshops 36
Select one course in contemporary/post-WWII literature, including but not limited to the following:3
EN 220
The Short Story as a Genre
EN 308
Composing America
EN 322
Modern British Literature (1900-1945)
EN 323
Contemporary British Literature (1945-Present)
EN 366
Modern U.S. Literature (1900-1945)
EN 367
Contemporary U.S. Literature (1945-Present)
EN 373
Modernist American Poetry
Total Credits15

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


The 300-level workshop can be repeated once for credit (i.e., a student interested in fiction can take the Advanced Fiction Workshop up to two times). Credits in the concentration can count for flexible and advanced requirements.

Concentration in Secondary Education Curriculum

To earn the concentration in secondary education, students complete 18 credits, including:

Credits in the concentration can count for flexible and advanced requirements
One course in British literature3
Two courses in American literature6
One course in Shakespeare3
One course in advanced composition3
History of the English Language3
Total Credits18

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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