The English major is among the most flexible programs of study at Loyola. Because the major requires only 10 courses beyond the core, it is easy to minor or even double major in a wide variety of other disciplines. Working closely with an advisor, students may select core courses and electives to form a concentration in any of several business, social sciences, science, or humanities disciplines. Moreover, the minor option (in which students take five upper-division courses in English) allows students who wish to major in the sciences, social sciences, or business science to supplement their education with analytical and expressive skills.
Because of its scope and flexibility, the English program can prepare majors and minors for a variety of careers. In the past, our majors have pursued careers in teaching, journalism, business, library science, textbook production and marketing, and technical writing. English is also excellent preparation for law school. When he spoke on Loyola's campus several years ago, then-Associate (later Chief) Justice William Rehnquist noted that in his opinion, English, with its concentration on close reading and persuasive argumentation, is the ideal preparation for law school.
One alumnus has had several novels on The New York Times best-seller list; another has written scripts for the highly-acclaimed Baltimore-based television show Homicide: Life on the Streets. A third is a best-selling journalist, and a successful motion picture was based on one of his books.
In addition, some of our graduates have gone on to advanced study at Pembroke College and St. Hilda's at Oxford, to graduate schools including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, Emory University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of South Carolina, Fordham University, and the University of Delaware. Loyola English majors have attended law school at Georgetown, Yale, Tulane, the University of Maryland, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Baltimore.
Not all English majors go on to graduate or law school, or become professional writers. Many enjoy rewarding and productive careers in advertising, management, marketing, education, and philanthropic organizations. Your advisor can help you tailor a program that will position you as an English major with practical skills who can achieve satisfaction in any career you pursue after your years at Loyola.
Qualified students can enrich their liberal arts education and apply their skills as English majors in areas in which they may choose to pursue a career. The following internships are offered for credit:
- EN 090 English Internships (50 Hours, 1 credit)
Internships give students an opportunity for hands-on experience in career fields such as publishing, public relations, advertising, journalism, and law. Students must document at least 50 hours of work at the internship site over the course of the semester and will be periodically evaluated by their supervisor(s). Note: does not count toward the 120-credit graduation requirement.
- EN 097 English Internships in Public Schools and EN 098 English Internships in Private Schools (150 hours, 3 credits)
These courses enable students to learn about teaching English in either private or public middle and high schools. Students must document at least 150 hours of work at the internship site over the course of the semester (approx. 10 hours per week). Interns work closely with a mentor who is an experienced teacher, under the supervision of the chair of the school’s English department and in close association with the department's internships coordinator.
- EN 099 English Internships (150 hours, 3 credits)
Internships in publishing, public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism, grant-writing, technical writing, law, and government give students intensive, hands-on experience. Students must document at least 150 hours of work at the internship site over the course of the semester (approx. 10 hours per week).
An intern works closely with the English Department's internship coordinator to design a course during which the student learns skills and approaches specific to one enterprise, including teaching, publishing, the law, journalism, advertising, public relations, and nonprofit organizations.
Internships may be paid or unpaid, though most are unpaid. Students should contact the department's internship coordinator well before registration for the semester in which the internship will take place. While the internship coordinator can provide information about some internship opportunities, students are also encouraged to consult the Career Center (DeChiaro College Center, Ground Floor, West Wing -- 410-617-2232), which maintains several substantial databases of internships, including "Hounds For Hire," which also contains information about positions available throughout the United States.
Students wishing to obtain a summer internship for credit should register for EN 090. EN 097, EN098, and EN 099 are not offered during the summer.
Prof. Jean Lee Cole