RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

Internships

The English Department encourages you to complete at least one internship for credit and provides personal assistance to help you identify an internship that matches your specific interests. Majors have recently completed internships at organizations including a commercial real estate company, a multinational software firm, the office of a state representative, and Saturday Night Live. The department also has an advisor for internships, Program Coordinator Mike Malloy.

Clubs & Activities

Ellipsis Literary Magazine gives students of all majors the ability to share their voices through art and literature. With the support of the Villanova English Department, student editors spend their year accepting submissions, designing the magazine, and distributing the final publication to celebrate student artistic achievement on campus. If you are interested in being a part of the Ellipsis staff or submitting your own work to the magazine, please email for more information!  Please read the most recent issue of Ellipsis.

Villanova’s Poetry Society is a home for all poets and writers on campus! They are a safe space that allows creativity to flow, ideas to be born, and most importantly, voices to be heard. Their club gathers for meetings in which they free write, workshop, and share their work with one another. They also host an annual Poetry Slam, led by a professional poet, where all students are invited to step up to the mic and perform. Come Join This Lovely Community of Villanova Writers. Please email for more information and follow on Instagram.

Interested Villanova community members are encouraged to join the department's BIPOC writing group. Please email Professor Adrienne Perry for more information.

Global Learning

You can study abroad for a summer or a semester at the National University of Ireland, Galway, or immerse yourself in Irish Theatre through Villanova's Summer Studio at Dublin's Abbey Theatre. In the “Writing Through Conflict” course, you can travel to Belfast, Ireland during spring break and participate in a creative writing conference with renowned Irish writers.

For help planning your study abroad experience, please visit our Major Advising Page (MAP) on the Office of Study Abroad website.

Academic Advising

As an English major, you have an English faculty advisor to guide you as you map out your academic journey. You are also paired with a peer from the English Department’s Student Advisory Council (see below). The members of this group are experienced English majors who provide mentorship and perspective.

Professional Development and Career Outcomes

The skills learned in the study of English are more in demand than ever. Explore our Careers page to find out more about professional opportunities as well as the career paths of recent graduates.
In addition, English courses can put you to work on campus. In ENG 2030: Tutoring Writers, students study the theory and practice of effective one-on-one writing tutorials. Students investigate their own writing processes, take part in shadow tutoring and mock tutorials, and lead class discussion one day in the semester. Successful completion of the course allows the student to work for a competitive wage in the Villanova Writing Center.

College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the English Department, Villanova provides support in all aspects of your collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

Student Advisory Council

the student advisory council stands in front of the English office in Saint Augustine Center

These English majors can give you suggestions and opinions on various aspects of majoring in English and taking English courses.
 

Cynthia Choo (cchoo@villanova.edu)

I am a senior English and Humanities double major in the Honors Program with an Education minor. In my time at Villanova, I've participated in the Korean Students Association as treasurer, vice president, and president, in the Intercultural Ambassador Program and Intergroup Relations Program as an ambassador, and in the Writing Center as a tutor! I am also a student-affiliate research fellow for the 'Steenth Street Project under the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership. Last, but not least, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Greece over the summer through the Communications department! Some of my favorite English classes have been Ulysses at 100, Lives of the Undocumented, and Souls for Sale in Modern Lit. My favorite literary genres include memoirs/autobiographies and dystopian fiction, but I really enjoy the vast array of texts I get to read as an English and Humanities major. Upon graduating, I hope to continue my studies in literature, and obtain my masters in Education and teaching certification for grades 7-12! :) 

 

Jenna DeLeo (jdeleo3@villanova.edu)

Hi! My name is Jenna DeLeo and I am a senior English major with a minor in Education. As a transfer student to Villanova, I understand how overwhelming it can be to start fresh and choose a new path in life. After switching my major three times, I finally found my home in the English department. Feel free to reach out to ask me any and all questions about adjusting or even exploring a new major/minor! I hope to use my creativity and passion for writing in a future career and to fulfill my personal goals. On campus, I am a member of my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and also enjoy volunteering with local students through education service hours. Off campus, I love spending time with family and friends, spoiling my golden retriever, and reading/watching anything true crime. While I do not yet know exactly where I will end up, I look forward to potentially becoming an English teacher and working with others to help shape a brighter future.

 

Kylie Horan (khoran6@villanova.edu)

I am Kylie Horan, a junior English major with minors in Italian, Creative Writing, and Gender & Women's Studies. I tutor at the Writing Center and am currently serving as the President of Villanova Student Theatre! I am a massive book nerd and enjoy all things literary, but lately I've been particularly interested in pieces of creative nonfiction, like works by David Sedaris or Joan Didion. After completing my undergraduate degree, I hope to get my masters in Creative Writing and eventually teach at a college level.

 

Lauren Kourey (lkourey@villanova.edu)

I am a senior English and Political Science major from the San Francisco Bay Area. On campus, I'm part of the A Capella group, Nothing But Treble, and I write for the Villanovan. I also work on campus as a Student Philanthropy Associate. This summer, I interned in the Washington D.C. area in the Marketing department for a global mobility management company. After graduation, I plan to work in politics, journalism, or publishing.

 

Erin Kruh (ekruh@villanova.edu)

My name is Erin Kruh and I am a junior double majoring in English and Education. My goals in my career are to eventually become a professor focusing on writing and editing skills with students! Along the way, I might work as an editor in a newspaper or something similar! I am involved in multiple ways on campus: I am an RA on West Campus, I work within the writing center, and I am a member of multiple clubs, such as LEVEL, which focuses on helping students on campus with disabilities. My email is ekruh@villanova.edu, and I am so excited to see where this semester goes! 

 

Ava Lundell (alundell@villanova.edu)

I am a senior English major with minors in History and Public Administration. I grew up in Washington, D.C., but most of my family lives in the Midwest (either around Michigan or in Chicago). Growing up in D.C. definitely shaped my career goals, instilling in me the importance of policy and politics in changing lives for the better. Therefore, I plan to enter the field of public policy (more specifically, education policy). After graduating, I would like to pursue my Master’s in public policy, with a focus on sustainable development. I hope to further promote equal access to quality education for all Americans and world citizens. My extracurricular activities include Blue Key Society and working as a Career Assistant at the Villanova Career Center. Last semester, I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic - it was amazing! I love to read, especially historical fiction novels, and one of my current favorites is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr!

 

Rachel Reardon (rreardon@villanova.edu)

Hi! My name is Rachel Reardon. I am a senior majoring in both English and Political Science. I am involved in Student Government, Blue Key, and am editor in chief of a health and wellness blog called Be Well Nova. This year, I am applying to law school and am also doing a marketing internship! So excited to be on the Student Advisory Council. Feel free to reach out with any questions! My email is rreardon@villanova.edu.

 

Katie Reed (kreed11@villanova.edu)

Hi! My name is Katie Reed, and I am a senior from Bellingham, MA double majoring in English and Communication. At Villanova, I am the news columnist for The Villanovan, a peer mentor for the COM department, and a Lorenzini Leadership Ambassador for the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership. I love reading, writing, and thinking creatively, so I am hoping to pursue a career in the editing and publishing field. I love any and every opportunity to hype up the English Department, so I am excited to be on the Student Advisory Council for another year and continue to make the department a welcoming and engaging environment.

 

Rachel Rhee (rrhee@villanova.edu)

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Rhee and I am so excited to serve on the English Department's Student Advisory Council this year. I am a junior English and Communication double major in the Honors Program with a Communication Specialization in Performance Studies. A writer and performer at heart who is passionate about the intersection between storytelling and education, I am interested in pursuing a career in teaching after graduation so I can share my love of reading, writing, and performing with others! On campus, you can find me planning events as the Director of Programming for Villanova's Student Government Association, discussing curriculum as a student representative on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and tap dancing with NOVAnoise. Over Fall Break, I will be traveling to Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland for a creative writing conference and I cannot wait to discuss the experience with others in the department.

 

Sarina Sandwell (ssandwel@villanova.edu)

Hi everyone! I’m Sarina. I’m a senior English major with minors in Chinese and Peace & Justice. At Villanova, I work at the graduate theatre department’s costume shop and the Writing Center. I am also an editorial assistant for the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s publication Graterfriends. My favorite books are Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison and There There by Tommy Orange. I’m also a huge fan of the science fiction and horror genres, and recently read Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, which I would definitely recommend to those readers with a strong stomach! 

 

Catherine Wood (cwood12@villanova.edu)

Hi! My name is Catherine Wood and I am a senior English major with minors in Business, Communication, and Writing and Rhetoric. I am involved in the Morale Committee for NOVAdance and Alpha Gamma Delta. This summer, I interned at International Gaming Technology in their Total Rewards department, which was a great learning experience for me and allowed me to use my Business minor. I also went abroad to London for eight weeks which was an incredible opportunity that I highly recommend! After college I am hoping to go into either Human Resources or Editing and Publishing.

 

Karina Zakarian (kzakaria@villanova.edu)

I am a senior English major with minors in French and Criminology. I love reading (particularly fantasy and historical fiction) and writing, and will be attending law school following completion of my undergraduate degree. This past summer, I interned for an environmental law firm and received academic credit for another legal internship during the spring semester of my sophomore year. Both experiences have profoundly shaped my interest in pursuing a legal career and exposed me to societal injustices I hope to help mitigate as an attorney. Aside from academics, I am the founder of NOVAnoise, Villanova’s tap ensemble, as well as participate in ASO, Pre-Law Society, and several other on campus organizations. Welcome to the English department! 

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Department Chair
Professor Heather Hicks
heather.hicks@villanova.edu
610-519-4645

Cynthia Farrell
cindy.farrell@villanova.edu
610-519-4632

Sharon Rose-Davis
sharon.rose-davis@villanova.edu
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English faculty are also closely engaged with Villanova's programs in:

Creative Writing

Writing and Rhetoric

Africana Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

Irish Studies

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