English at Providence College

Why Study English at Providence College?
Because you love to read and write. Because you want to challenge conventional thinking and celebrate landmark authors. Because you want to be prepared for professional life after PC. The English department at PC has something for everyone. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of literature in English — from the medieval adventures of Chaucer’s pilgrims to the vibrant novels of Toni Morrison and beyond.

Our classrooms are places where students and professors talk freely about the ideas, characters, and artistic choices they encounter. We offer three bachelor’s degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one will enhance your ability to analyze, communicate, and research — important tools for anyone’s success.  

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What you'll study

English 
The English major allows students to read, study, and write about literature written in English, from the Middle Ages to the present. Dive deep into the writings of specific literary periods, explore the works of individual authors, and study one-on-one with professors through tutorials, independent studies, and senior theses.  

Creative Writing 
The creative writing major provides instruction from nationally recognized fiction writers and poets in small classes and one-on-one tutorials. In addition to focusing on creative writing skills, students complement their writing courses with literature classes that cover a wide range of genres and literary epochs, from Chaucer to contemporary fiction and poetry.

Secondary Education in English 
The English/secondary education major is designed for students who aspire to teach high school English.

Selected Courses

  • Chaucer: The Love Poetry  
  • Nature and the Arts  
  • 20th Century African American Literature  
  • Contemporary Poetry U.S. Fiction Since 1960  
  • Page to Screen  
  • Law and Literature  
  • Shakespeare  
  • Jane Austen  
  • Creative Writing: Fiction, Global and Postcolonial  
  • Literature 

Faculty

Our faculty bring their passion and experience to the classroom. They are authors of acclaimed books, award-winning poetry, and noteworthy journal articles. They present and lecture at national and international conferences and are recognized for their contributions to the field through prestigious awards and distinctions, including a Poetry Fellow and Alan Collins Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

They also hold the highest degrees from institutions such as Harvard, Notre Dame, and Yale, as well as the universities of North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Cambridge (UK), Helsinki, and Iowa.

 

ENGAGED LEARNING

Our dedication to engaging students in real-world opportunities for learning, collaboration, publication, and recognition includes:  

  • the Poetry & Fiction Series, which for more than four decades has brought internationally acclaimed writers to PC to read from their work and even work directly with students in creative writing classes;
  • independent studies and senior theses where students work individually with a professor on a topic of their choosing or work collaboratively with a professor to complete a significant research project;
  • The Alembic, the official, international literary journal of Providence College, which features the work of established and student writers and photographers who oversee editorial ownership of the publication from inception to completion; and
  • Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.

Outcomes

95%

of 2017-2021 English graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 72% are employed only
  • 15% are attending school only
  • 8% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • ADK Group LLC
  • Blue Fox Entertainment
  • Decibel Media
  • Elementary/secondary schools throughout the United States 
  • Fulbright Program
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Macmillan Learning
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Viacom CBS
  • Wiley

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • Providence College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Temple University