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English (BA), 4-Year

Students in a liberal arts classroom

As an English major, you'll develop skills that prepare you for a wide variety of career fields.

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As an English major, you'll develop skills that prepare you for a wide variety of career fields, from journalism to education. You'll learn to master the skill of writing and develop a critical understanding and appreciation for classic British, American and world literature.

The English major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Choose one of two concentrations:

Learn to write with clarity and get experience publishing non-fiction, creative fiction, poetry and drama.


Through close reading of texts, gain an understanding of authors and genres, and critical and cultural theories about literature.


  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by accomplished faculty writers and scholars, not teaching assistants.
  • Build your resume with professional internships at local newspapers, publishers, literary centers, and nonprofit organizations, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Deepen your knowledge and cultural understanding through study abroad at a foreign university.
  • Gain journalism experience by writing for the student newspaper or the department's arts and creative journal.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.


When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  


Transfer 3.0 $4,000  


Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.


First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.



Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 201 English Literature: Beginnings to 1798 3
ENG 202 Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century English Literature 4
ENG 211 American Literature I 3
ENG 212 American Literature II 3
ENG 231 Advanced Writing I 3
ENG 237 Introduction to Literary Criticism 3
ENG 302 Shakespeare OR ENG 329 Major Author 3
  One of ENG 215, 216, OR 218 3
  One of ENG 203, 213, 217, 221, 232, 235, OR 236 3
  Three Literature courses (300-400 Level) 9
  Two Foreign Language courses OR English electives (if student has four semesters of high school foreign language) 6
ENG 444 Internship OR one Literature course 3-12

NOTE: ENG 111-112 are required of all students and do not count toward the major.


Requirement Credits
Major 45
Core requirements and electives 75
Total 120



Because every employer lists strong communications skills as a top priority when hiring, English majors enjoy a wide variety of employment opportunities. As an English graduate you'll have the skills that prepare you for a wide variety of employment fields, making you among the most sought after of the liberal arts graduates.

English Majors are found a variety of career fields, including:

  • education
  • marketing and public relations
  • media communications
  • media outlets
  • publishing
  • libraries
  • government service

English majors also pursue graduate study in the field and in related disciplines such as history, philosophy, education, and law. English majors are also excellent candidates for opportunities in the Peace Corps.



As an English major at D'Youville College, you'll build your resume with professional internships at local newspapers, publishers, literary centers, and nonprofit organizations, while gaining perspective on a future career.

  • Internships are mandatory
  • All internships are arranged by academic advisors, who will follow your progress over the course of the residency.

English majors at D'Youville College can complete their internship requirement by working with various organizations including:


Marta Werner, English professor at D'Youville College

our faculty

"… In a beautiful book by the theorist George Steiner, he talks about the way we need to give children words and images."

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