Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

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

The English major at Loyola offers unparalleled opportunities to find wisdom across cultures, communicate in ways that reach people, and help create change in the present. From Chaucer to Adichie, postcolonial writers to filmmakers, the texts and images we focus on ignite insight and empathy and prepare you to analyze and communicate effectively in all circumstances.   

Teams of students are invited every semester to be of service with our community partners in Baltimore, in opportunities ranging from tutoring high school students to working in an urban forest. Students frequently collaborate with faculty to pursue and sometimes to publish independent research. Internships and study abroad opportunities are abundant and have led to jobs and careers in the US and to overseas work after graduation. Our majors frequently pick up minors or a double-major, in disciplines including Biology, Psychology, Communication, Economics or Business. 

Our majors have gone on to successful careers in everything from law, business, advertising, publishing, teaching, and advocacy, to medicine and anthropology. 

Loyola English students and faculty care about you and your personal and professional future.  Students often gather to study in the English Department lounge, which has a coffee-shop vibe. The Department welcomes all students to a spectacular literary Christmas Feast annually, and an end-of-the-year celebration that celebrates student accomplishment and toasts our Seniors on their future success. 

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
Students

Doria

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