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 serve 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 even to publish independent research. Internships and study abroad opportunities are abundant, and have led to jobs and careers in the US and overseas work after graduation. Our majors frequently pick up minors or a double-major, in disciplines including Biology, Psychology, Communication, Economics and Business.
Our majors have gone on to successful careers in everything from law, business, advertising, publishing, teaching, and advocacy, to veterinary medicine, occupational therapy, 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 annually welcomes all students to a spectacular literary Christmas Feast, and to an end-of-the-year gala that celebrates student accomplishments.
An English major's program is formulated individually by the student with the help of a faculty advisor. English literature majors take a minimum of 10 upper-division literature courses. EN 300, "English Literary History," is required of all English majors. Students are encouraged to take this class during the sophomore year, or the first semester of the junior year at the latest, because it provides a solid foundation for subsequent upper-division courses.
Courses at the 300-level offer opportunities for extensive study of individual writers, genres, literary periods, and special topics: Medieval Passion, Milton, Victorian Poetry, The Book in America, Imagining Apocalypse in Contemporary Literature, Shades of Black: Film Noir and Post-War America, Animation, Humor Studies, and many more. Students must take five courses dealing with literature written before 1800 (EN 300-359) and five courses dealing primarily with literature written since 1800 (EN 340-399). All English majors are required to take two seminars, which are intensive studies in a literary figure, genre, theory, or movement.
For more information on the courses that meet these requirements, see the upper-division course descriptions.
The department invites as many as 15 of its most accomplished seniors to participate in an Honors seminar. This seminar, the topic of which is announced before registration for each fall semester, provides an intense and rewarding educational experience. Those who complete the Honors seminar may elect to write an Honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. Normally the thesis does not count toward the English major (the credit is elective), but the preparation and successful defense result in an honors designation for the student's English major. It is excellent preparation for graduate or professional school.