English Literature Major
English Library Resources
What do I study?
As author Salman Rushdie once said, studying english literature allows one to "open the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding; to see the way others see, to think the way others think and above all to feel." English and literature that spans cultures and decades, and that transcends time itself is one of the most important liberal arts majors and is one that provides opportunities for a fulfilling career path and an inspired life after graduation.
At Chestnut Hill College, a liberal arts institution, we understand and appreciate the power of an English literature degree. Our students are educated in a cross-cultural curriculum that combines the best of British and American literature and provides students the chance to hone their critical and creative thinking, writing, and research skills. Through small and interactive classes, student involvement is emphasized and encouraged in classroom discussion, analysis and reflection. Students will know their classmates and their instructors so much so that faculty become mentors. Professors who bring experienced backgrounds and accolades, provide guidance and support to students thus fostering the community of collaboration and exploration that exists within the program. From British Romanticism to Contemporary Japanese and Gothic Tradition to Literature in Film, there are a wide range of courses that give students every opportunity to study what interests them as well as give them a well-rounded background in all sort of literature and literature-related fields. English literature majors at CHC, graduate with the foundational knowledge of literary genres, traditions and of critical reception to literature as well as a love of the subject matter that opens the doors for boundless success both in a career or post-graduate study.
What activities are available to me?
There are several on-campus clubs and organizations that are especially of interest to English literature majors. These include:
- The Grackle, A Literary Magazine - The Grackle is the on-campus magazine which features student work in a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to submit original works of poety, short stories, photographs, comic strips or other artistic pieces. The magazine comes out once a year with the planning and submission stages occuring in the fall and the production and distribution happening in the spring. All students are welcome to assist with any or all of the stages.
- The Griffin, Student Newspaper - The Griffin is the student-run newspaper which is distributed both on and off campus once a month. Students are invited to become writers, featured writers and editors for the paper, which is currently run in print and online. For more information and to read past issues, please visit the Griffin's website.
- The Aurelian, The Yearbook - Each year, a team of students works together to write stories, take and format photographs and layout the campus yearbook. Because there is a lot to do in a little time, all students who have any interest in writing, layout or photography are interested to join and assist with production.
Additionally, students who qualify with a major GPA of 3.0, who rank in the top 35 percent of their graduating class and who have completed three semesters of coursework and two courses in English above ENGU 101, may be asked to join Sigma Tau Delta (STD), the International English Honor Society.
Departmental Honors are offered within this major. Outstanding students with a high scholastic standing may be invited in their sophomore year to stand for honors in their junior and senior years. The program provides the opportunity for independent study and research, culminating in an honors thesis submitted in the spring of senior year. All students who successfully complete this program will be recognized with honors as well as have the title of their thesis printed on their academic transcipts. For more information, contact department chair Barbara Lonnquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the course catalog (page 143).
What are the degree requirements?
English literature majors complete a minimum of 13 courses in the major field (39 credits) to qualify for a B.A. degree. Requirements include:
- 1 course in Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Heroes and Heroines or Shakespeare in Love and War)
- 3 American Literature Electives
- 3 British Literature Electives
- Research Writing
- Senior Seminar in English Literature
- 4 additional American, British, or General English electives
For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, and information regarding english as a content area of specialization for education majors, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (pages 144-147).
What internships are available?
Centrally located to the country's fourth largest media market, opportunities for English majors are boundless. Through connections from faculty, internships are available in a wide range of areas and at some very noted companies. These places include:
- Philadelphia Magazine
- Magnet Magazine
- Chesapeake Life Magazine
- Global Education Motivators
- Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper
- Telemundo (Spanish Language Television)
What can I do after graduation?
Graduates with a degree in English can practically go on to do anything after college as the abilities to write, analyze, and synthesize information are desperately needed in all fields in today's world. From business to medicine, from law to government work, English majors can be seen working outside of their designated field everyday. English majors are also prepared for graduate study in literature, law, education, communications, journalism and M.F.A. programs. For those interested in staying in an English-related career, popular choices for students include:
- public relations
- secondary education
If you are interested in becoming an English literature major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Barbara Lonnquist, Chairperson of the English and Communications Dept (LonnquistB@chc.edu).
To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions.