You love to read great books. Who doesn’t? But if you ever ask yourself, "What can a Literature major do after graduation?", you should enroll in Edinboro's B.A. in English/Literature. As you learn how to engage with the wider world, you'll discover that a variety of fulfilling careers await you
When you come to Edinboro, we expect you'll have a thirst for knowledge; a desire to investigate social, historical and cultural trends and movements; and a passion for digging deep into literary works to interpret nuances and draw conclusions.
Working under the guidance of faculty experts, you will formulate new ways of thinking, reading, and writing that will continue to evolve throughout your life.
As a student, you’ll discover how to collaborate with others to understand complex issues and solve problems. You will learn to conduct independent research and convey your conclusions logically and persuasively.
You’ll also gain experience with professional writing and literary editing. It all comes together during your capstone experience, your chance to delve into a specific area of interest and produce a professional work of original research and scholarship suitable for publication.
With these valuable skills in hand, you will graduate ready to enter a wide variety of fulfilling professions and to make meaningful contributions to the world around you.
If you're interested in teaching English, the Literature program parallels English
Education programs, making certification easy if you decide to teach in middle or
In our Literature program, you'll explore literary genres, movements and periods, from ancient to modern times. You'll learn to think critically, discuss articulately and reap the rewards that come from understanding the value and functions of creative expression in our world.
Throughout the program, you will find your voice as you:
Literature faculty members regularly present their work at major national and international
conferences and publish in respected academic and professional journals. Our faculty
members also publish books through respected academic presses, including Harvard University
Press, the University of Virginia Press and Bucknell University Press.
Graduates of the Edinboro Literature program report being well-prepared for graduate and pre-professional programs, as well as for employment in a variety of fields. They are working in schools, libraries, and corporations, in advertising agencies and at publishing houses, in community organizations and law firms.
The post-graduate lives of these recent alumni demonstrate the diversity of careers and life experiences enabled by the English/Literature program:
- Violet Corwin (BA ’19), Ph.D. candidate, University of California Irvine
- Samantha Schohn (BA ’16), Student Financial Services Counselor, Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
- Erik Skadhauge (BA ’14), Professor, Tri-County Technical College, Greenville, SC
- Shaley Williams (BA ’12), Law Clerk to the Honorable Shana Frost Matini, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, , Washington, DC
- Matthew Salvia (BA ’09), Instructor, University of Pittsburgh - Bradford
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