Why Choose Nazareth for English Literature?

Our innovative program exposes students to a variety of contemporary and classical literature—from Milton to Maya Angelou—and invites students to explore the power of the word. While providing an intensive background in literature, the curriculum is rooted in the broader liberal arts tradition. English majors are encouraged and enriched by viewing literature across disciplines and examining the historical and cultural significance of texts. Thus, our graduates develop a well-rounded appreciation for the beauty of language and literature.

Choosing from a wide variety of academic options, students can tailor their studies to focus on their own interest areas—from ancient religions or computer programming to environmental science or Japanese. They can tackle gender questions in the women's studies program or explore new traditions through multicultural studies. By taking courses that complement their work in the English literature degree program, our students enhance their knowledge base and develop practical skills that lead to career success.

Some students enrolled in the English major choose to pursue New York State Teacher Certification in English at either the early childhood/childhood or adolescence level, offered in conjunction with the Nazareth College Education Department. Nazareth English education students study literature and composition in-depth, while pursuing additional course work in current educational methodology. Our English education graduates are well-rounded and have the exceptional skills, creativity, and flexibility required to face the challenges of the classroom in the twenty-first century.

Program Highlights

  • Flexible curriculum allows students to focus studies on interest areas.
  • Option to minor in specialized fields at the forefront of current theory and practice.
  • Small class sizes, discussion-based learning, and accessible professors ensure an intimate learning experience.
  • The Nazareth English Department faculty reflects the diversity offered by its curriculum. Specialists in many different fields of study, our faculty members take pride in teaching a wide selection of required and elective courses.
  • All full-time faculty members hold the highest degrees in their fields, and many have been teaching at Nazareth for more than twenty years.

Typical Class Schedule

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Contact Information

English degree program, English major, literature major, literature degree program, Rochester Ny

Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Manchester '11

Graduate student at Brandeis University; recipient of internship with Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law, and women's studies

“Obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College helped prepare me for my future both academically and personally. The wide range of knowledge I learned in the classroom was taught by professors who inspired me to apply that knowledge in all aspects of my life.”

Example Careers

  • Media and communications
  • Advertising/marketing
  • Editing
  • Technical/corporate writer
  • Columnist/commentator
  • Teacher
  • Research assistant
  • Librarian

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester
  • Disney College Program, Orlando, FL
  • Afterimage, Rochester, NY
  • Student teaching opportunities abroad

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Brandeis University
  • Emerson College
  • Case Western University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • University of Rochester