Undergraduate Program Overview

Practical, creative, versatile, and engaged.

Through an exciting array of courses in literature, writing, linguistics, and cultural studies, English majors and minors develop skills, perspectives, and knowledge for a lifetime. The English curriculum at Marquette prepares undergraduates for many career paths in a wide range of fields. With three distinct majors to choose from, English is an ideal choice for students with many interests and a desire to gain broadly applicable, widely transferable skills in writing, textual analysis, and critical thinking while cultivating a deeper understanding of the ways literature and language work Students who declare English may choose from among the following three majors. For further information, please contact Dr. Steve Hartman-Keiser, Director of Undergraduate Studies.


Our Majors at a Glance

Descriptions of English Majors and Minors

For extensive course work guides, please click on the respective major(s) and minor(s).

  • The Literature Major / Minor studies major periods, authors, and literatures written in English with an emphasis on literary-historical and cultural analyses.
  • The Writing-Intensive English Major / Minor studies both literature and writing with emphases on rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and/or workplace writing.
  • The English Language Arts Major studies literature, language, and writing to prepare for a teaching career at the primary or secondary level. This secondary major is designed for students whose primary major is Education.
  • The Literatures of Diverse Cultures Minor concentrates in comparative race and ethnic studies through coursework in areas such as African American literature, Native American literature, postcolonial literature, and women’s literature.
  • The Creative Writing Minor studies both literature and creative writing with opportunities to focus on poetry writing, fiction writing, and creative nonfiction, at both introductory and advanced levels.


Additional Information

Side-by-side Comparison of Majors and Student Learning Outcomes

Overview of Course Classification

Beyond the Classroom

The English Department offers many opportunities for enrichment, service, mentoring, and community beyond the classroom, including writing internships, faculty and alumni mentoring, Sigma Tau Delta (the English honor society), the Marquette Literary Review for creative writers, MASA-NCTE (the intercollegiate Milwaukee chapter of the National Council of Teachers of English) for future educators, an active alumni/ae group (FAME), and an ongoing program of social and cultural events.


Undergraduate Resources