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The English program at Providence College is designed to provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive education – from literature to composition, and from creative writing to linguistics. Working alongside published novelists and poets, our program emphasizes writing, critical thinking, and a breadth of communication skills. Our graduates go on to teach, work as journalists and social media professionals, practice law or business, or pursue graduate studies in English or another related field.
Bachelor of Arts in English
The English major allows students to read, study, and write about literature written in English, from the Middle Ages to the present. They dive deeply into the writings of specific literary periods, explore the works of individual authors, and study one-on-one with professors through tutorials, independent studies, and senior theses.
Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
The creative writing major provides instruction from nationally recognized fiction writers and poets in small classes and one-on-one tutorials. Students may choose to concentrate on fiction, poetry, or prose poetry in preparing their final portfolios and capstone classes.
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education — English
The English/secondary education major is designed for students who aspire to teach high school English. The program combines the English major with education courses, field experiences, and student teaching requirements, and it is approved by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Interstate Certification Compact.
English – Literature: Are you interested in timeless literature but don’t have the time to take on a full English major? Try our new English minor, which emphasizes immortal authors and unforgettable books.
Writing: Interested in literature, poetry, or journalism? Then, our Writing minor is for you. The dynamic, 18-credit minor complements nearly every major — from the arts and sciences to business and humanities disciplines—by focusing on sharpening written communication and reading skills.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society
Attend the annual Poetry & Fiction Series, which brings internationally acclaimed writers to PC
Study independently with professors through tutorials, independent studies, and senior theses
Our distinguished faculty have been published in The American Poetry Review, Harvard Magazine, The New Republic, Atlantis, and Slate, and have had books published by Scribners, Harper, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and others.
IN THE NEWS
Department News and Events
PC News: English Headlines
The Chirico Career Center partners with all students to help them identify, enhance and accomplish their career development, internship, job search and educational goals in their transition from college to career.
of 2018-2022 English graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school
are employed only
are attending school only
are employed and attending school
Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.
Selected Places of Employment/Service
Barnes & Noble
Office of U.S. Senator Jack Reed
Phillips Academy Andover
Simon & Schuster
Teach for America
Selected Graduate Schools
Johns Hopkins University
Northeastern University School of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Roger Williams University
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School