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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.

Overview & Distinctions


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.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • 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'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.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

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. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting 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. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 80 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation



Find detailed course information for the Bachelor of Arts in English program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

The English degree curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility for students to develop their own course of study in partnership with their academic English faculty advisor. The path through the rest of the curriculum is individually designed to move students through basic skill sets to more advanced study and application of knowledge.

Major 39
Minor - Students are strongly encouraged to have a minor in another discipline 15
Liberal Arts and Science Electives 66
Total Credits 120

Course Requirements for the Major

ENG-237 Introduction to Literary Criticism 3
Select two of the following: 6
English Literature Beginnings to 1798  
19th and 20th Century English Literature  
American Literature Beginnings to 1865  
American Literature 1865 - Present  
ENG-302 Shakespeare 3
or ENG-329 Major Author
ENG Any four additional 200-level courses in ENG 12
ENG Any four additional 300-400-level courses in ENG 12
Select one of the following: 3
One Free Elective
Total Credits 39

Note: Introduction to Literature: Acad Writing (ENG-111)-Humanities Seminar (ENG-112) are required of all students and do not count towards the major.



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 enter a variety of career fields after graduation, 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, 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 can complete their internship requirement by working with various organizations including:

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