Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

English students in discussion with faculty; the Humanities building; Students standing in a circle

The chief goal of the English department is literacy, which means more than just the ability to read and write. It means being fully at home with language, being able to enter into critical dialogue with the writers we read, and being able to use our native language to organize and present our own thoughts and feelings.

Courses in the English department introduce students to a variety of the most excitingly literate men and women of the past and present. These courses aim to train the student to read accurately and imaginatively, to think critically, to write clearly and forcefully, and to enjoy the potential for creative play afforded by our rich and complex language. They cultivate the habits of critical inquiry, serious reflection, aesthetic appreciation, and considered response. Critical writing is a key component of every English course.

An English major will prepare you well for a variety of career paths.

  • The ability to think critically will help you become a leader in your chosen field.
  • Advanced reading and writing skills will enable you to communicate clearly and concisely.
  • The capacity for creative thinking and problem solving will render you indispensable to your employer—and eventually, your employees.
  • Increased understanding and respect for diversity will help you better serve clients and customers.
  • Discovering unique insights will make you intellectually interesting and increase your competitive edge in the workplace.

Shakespeare, Milton, Romanticism, Victorian Lit, Poetry, Fantasy Fiction, the Great American Novel, World Lit—we've got it all! Check out our course offerings

Welcome, English majors and minors! Contact us if you have any questions about the program or the department.

Spotlight On

Congratulations to Dr. Kathleen Forni!  Dr. Forni is the 2020 winner of the Nachbahr Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Humanities. This award, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, is Loyola's most prestigious scholarly prize, as it recognizes a scholar's career-long achievement.

Dr. Mark Osteen's book manuscript, Fake It: Fictions of Forgery, has been accepted for publication by the University of Virginia Press. The book is due out in mid-2021.

Kevin Kane (class of 2020) graduated Summa Cum Laude, received the Carrell English Medal and the Ayd Medal for Philosophy, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Honors Program. Kevin will pursue a Juris Doctor degree at the George Washington University School of Law in Fall 2020.

Shannon Ward (class of 2020) graduated Summa Cum Laude, was a member of the Loyola Honors Program, and also served as the co-president of Ad Honorem, the Honors Program student council.

Maria Markulis (class of 2019) was admitted to the graduate program in English Literature at the University of Colorado/Boulder for Fall 2020.

Doria Diacogiannis


Loyola taught Doria to seize every opportunity available to her, whether that be undertaking a psychology major with a double minor in Spanish and English, being involved on campus, or volunteering

Psychology, English, Modern Languages and Literatures