The bachelor of arts in English (B. A.) provides students with highly marketable skills in writing, research, critical thinking, and verbal communication. The tradition of great literature helps students to appreciate our cultural and intellectual heritage, to understand the ideals that drive people and communities, and to make humane and imaginative choices about the future.

The major also reflects the multidisciplinary nature of English studies by giving students opportunities to explore film, theatre, history, gender studies, and creative writing. Many English majors enhance their résumés by completing one of the minors offered at Penn State York. Popular choices include business, information sciences and technology, and communications.

Students majoring in English begin with introductory literature and writing courses. In the second year, they gain skills in interpretive approaches, research methods, and literary theory. In their third and fourth years, students choose from courses that allow them to pursue specific areas of study in greater depth and intensity as well as covering key time periods in literature.

All English majors cap their college careers with a required “Senior Seminar” (English 487W), in which students reflect on English as a plan of study and pursue independent research projects.

The English faculty invites students interested in learning about culture, writing, language, and literature to apply for entrance to the major.