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Bachelor of Arts in English

Students with a Bachelor of Arts in English move between literature, creative writing and practical publication as they prepare to master the literary and creative world of the future. At Drexel, our English majors do. They read great books while expanding their critical reading and writing skills and knowledge of the world and cultures. They travel from Africa to Early America to Victorian England to Haiti. They also have the opportunity to be part of our writing and publishing community.

Experiential Learning for English Majors

The English curriculum focuses on three areas:

  • A rich Academic Core grounded in disciplinary expertise that promotes literary exploration, sophisticated textual literacy, excellent writing, and other transferable skills;
  • Applied Learning opportunities using skills in research, interpretation, analysis, and writing to solve real-world problems;
  • Opportunities for Civic Engagement, connecting with community partners to promote social justice and the common good.

Our flexible curriculum offers three concentrations:

Housed in our department is the Drexel Publishing Group (DPG) where students can be published as early as their first year in The 33rd, an anthology of Drexel student and faculty writing; work as an intern at the Painted Bride Quarterly, an internationally recognized literary journal; or act as publication support or write for Write Now Philly online literary magazine focused on Philadelphia or for , the undergraduate literary magazine. Our dedicated and award-winning faculty enable creativity and rigor within a supportive environment.

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English + Communication (Accelerated BA/MS)

The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers. Drexel University is committed to building this strong foundation through the Accelerated Degree option, which enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and master’s degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of both a bachelor's degree in English and a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

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English Senior Project

English majors at Drexel will develop and present an independent project during their senior year. This project will be a capstone to students careers at Drexel. It will reflect student's work in the major, prepare them for the next stage of their academic or professional career, and give them an opportunity to work closely with faculty who are experts in their fields.

Drexel Co-op for English Majors

Through Drexel’s renowned cooperative education program (co-op), students embark on up to three, six-month periods of full-time employment, exploring their career options, strengthening their resumes and building a professional network in the process.

Our students have worked with a number of publications and companies including Marie Claire, Philadelphia Magazine and the Philadelphia Tourist Bureau.

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Jobs for English Majors

Careers for graduates with an English degree span many fields, thanks in part to the transferrable skills provided by the major. These skills include strong written and verbal communication, cultural competency and experience with diverse research methods. Recent graduates of Drexel’s English program have gone on to exciting careers at places like Philadelphia Magazine, Taylor & Francis publishing group and Dechert LLP, a global law firm. English major careers commonly include positions in:

  • Digital media, communications, social media and advertising
  • Writing, publishing and journalism
  • Education, academia and humanities research
  • Grant writing, fundraising and investor relations
  • Politics, law and advocacy
  • And many more!