As an English major at Villanova, you will have the opportunity to take an exciting range of courses, from traditional surveys to seminars exploring contemporary fiction, film, and creative writing. Our faculty, filled with nationally respected scholars and award-winning teachers, will help you develop a deep sense of the power of language to transport your imagination to other places, times, and possibilities. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to meet high-profile writers at the annual Villanova Literary Festival, study abroad in Ireland and elsewhere around the world, and participate in internships throughout the Philadelphia area.
Welcome to the English Department at Villanova University!
The English major at Villanova is one of the most popular in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This is not surprising, as the study of English has served as the centerpiece of American education in the humanities for the past century. As a discipline, English provides you with the opportunity to hone your writing skills, sharpen your ability to process and analyze complex texts, deepen your understanding of cultural and material history, and stimulate your imagination. At the heart of the major is the power of the written word to communicate ideas, broaden perspectives, and bring about change. The abilities you'll develop as an English major will make you marketable in fields including consulting, journalism, marketing, law, education, banking, government, screenwriting, and publishing. As one business expert wrote in the Huffington Post, "I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them." (Read more from this expert here, and more about careers for Villanova English majors in this brochure.)
In the course of the major, you will move from a number of introductory courses that provide you with foundational knowledge of English literature as well as cutting-edge approaches to reading and writing, to a range of courses on English, American, and postcolonial literature, to a culminating senior seminar. You'll have the chance to read the most influential and groundbreaking literature written in English from the Middle Ages to the present, including works by Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Herman Melville, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and many, many others. You'll also develop a range of writing techniques, research skills, and interpretive strategies that will be invaluable in your career after college.
Contacting us: If you are a prospective student planning to visit campus, or a current student exploring majors, and you'd like to sit in on an English class, meet current majors, or just chat with a faculty member, please contact Prof. Michael Berthold. For questions about the graduate program, please contact Prof. Heather Hicks. The department Chair is Prof. Evan Radcliffe. Our office is St. Augustine Center 402. The office telephone number is 610-519-4630, and the fax number is 610-519-6913.
- Internship at Sports Illustrated. The English department and Sports Illustrated have a special partnership by which one or two English majors each semester work in New York for SI, in a paid internship position that also earns you 12 credits. Applications for spring 2014 will be due in early November.
- Faculty Book Award. Prof. Hugh Ormsby-Lennon's book Hey Presto!: Swift and the Quacks has been selected by Choice magazine as a 2012 Outstanding Academic Title.
- New Faculty Book. Prof. Alice Dailey's book The English Martyr from Reformation to Revolution was recently published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
- Fellowship in California. Prof. Megan Quigley has returned from a fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
- Fellowship in Italy. Prof. Lauren Shohet, the Luckow Family Professor of English, has returned from a Shakespeare Association of America-Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship at the Liguria Humanities Center, in Italy.