English professor Rebecca Steinberger in her office with students
English students enjoying a class outside
Students and faculty at the Latin Cafe
Students enjoy authentic food and poetry readings during Latin Cafe Night
The English curriculum at Misericordia University emphasizes the development of critical reading and writing skills as an essential preparation for professional life or graduate school. In addition, the study of literature offers the most enjoyable approach to the study of human nature, ideas, and age-old human situations and dilemmas.
English majors may choose any of the following:
Professional Writing Track
Secondary Education Certification
Communications, Writing, or Theatre
Graduates from the English Department pursue a wide range of careers, including teaching (at both the secondary and college level), law, newspaper and magazine editing, public relations, advertising, news reporting and writing, publishing, creative writing, technical writing, and script writing for media.
Key Benefits of English at Misericordia University
- An emphasis on writing in all courses that prepares students for the job market or graduate school, and gives them an advantage in almost any field they may choose to enter.
- A multi-disciplinary approach that links the study of literature to related fields, such as theatre, film and other media, philosophy, history, and art.
- A pre-law specialization that places over 90% of its graduates in law school.
- A secondary education certification that prepares students to teach English at the junior high/high school level, and a 100% pass rate on the National Teacher Exam.
- A Professional Writing Track for students interested in writing careers, combined with practical experience through internships with local media outlets.
- New minors in Creative Writing and Irish Studies (beginning spring 2008).
- A highly qualified and accessible faculty, with Ph.D.'s from Columbia University, Binghamton University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Southern Illinois University, the University of Colorado, and Michigan State University.
- Small class sizes in upper-level courses (usually 10-12), run as seminars. Students get individual attention, both in classes and in advising on career opportunities.
Bookstore Award: Each year, the English Department awards 200.00 of credit at the college bookstore to an English major. The award is based on academic performance and need.
The Mary McDermott Klatt '54 Memorial Scholarship: An endowed four year scholarship awarded to an entering English major each year, beginning fall 2002, in memory of Mary McDermott Klatt, who was an English major at Misericordia. The initial value of the award will be approximately $1,250 a year.