Earn your bachelor’s degree in English from Gwynedd Mercy University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English

Develop Adaptable Skills for a Changing World

Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Arts in English degree program will help you develop some of the most in-demand skills around. Incorporating American, British, and world literature of various genres, our program includes intensive writing practice, scholarship, analysis, and dialogue that result in practical, real-world skills for our changing world. 

English majors are also excellent candidates for graduate study in fields, such as law, library sciences, English, communications, and human services.

Degree Options

Secondary Education Certification

Earn an English degree with Teacher Certification

If you want to teach English in a secondary school setting, you can earn your Secondary Education Certification through Gwynedd Mercy University’s School of Education. This option allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in English combined with secondary teaching certification. You will take 39 credits in the English major and 39 credits in education requirements, including a pre-student and a student teaching practicum.

The GMercyU Difference

If you like the idea of diving into Medieval, Renaissance, 18th-century, Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary works of literature while you search for deeper understanding, and develop your communication and critical thinking skills at the same time, our English major is the program for you.

Gwynedd Mercy University offers a several advantages for students working toward their English degree in PA, including:

  • Low student-to-faculty ratio and a supportive learning environment
  • Courses taught by professors with doctorates in their field (no teaching assistants)
  • Many student leadership activities ─ social, career, academic, and publication opportunities
  • An opportunity to develop essential career skills and more, while reading and studying the authors and texts you love
  • Preparation for Secondary Education Certification or graduate school

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to general education requirements, you will need to complete the following courses:

English Courses - 42 Credits 

ENG 105  Grammar Review 
ENG 201 British Literature I
ENG 202  British Literature II
ENG 216  American Literature I 
ENG 217 American Literature I 
ENG 301/302 World Masterpieces I or II
ENG 310  Criticism in the Arts
ENG 401  Chaucer and His Contemporaries
ENG   Theater/Media Elective
ENG   Shakespeare Elective
ENG   Novel Elective
ENG   Senior Seminar - Capstone
ENG   English Elective 

Special Education Certification Option – 42 Credits

EDU 100 Education in America 
EDU 300 Pre-Student Teaching
EDU 319 Selected Topics in Sec. Ed.
EDU 325 Methods & Materials
EDU 351 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
EDU 490  Student Teaching & Professional Seminar
SPE 215 Exceptional Person for Secondary Education
SPE 231 Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Inclusionary Setting
SPE 232 Severe/Profound Population in the Education Setting
SPE 331 Implementing Inclusionary Practices for Mild/Moderate Population
SPE 332  Research-Based Practices in the Assessment & Instruction of Severe/Profound Population

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in English, and a minimum of 138 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in English with secondary education certification.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

An English degree is a classic and universal ticket to many different career options. It can open the door to a wide array of fields, including those with a heavy emphasis on communication and critical thinking.

Possible careers for English majors

  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Advertising Executive
  • Announcer (Radio / TV)
  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Bibliographer
  • Biographer
  • Book Critic
  • Bookstore Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Congressional Aide
  • Copywriter
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Editor: Film / Video, Magazine
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Educational Program
  • ESL Teacher
  • Freelance Writer / Consultant
  • Information Abstractor
  • Information Indexer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary Agent
  • Magazine Writer
  • Manuscript Reader
  • Mass Media Script Reader
  • Media Planner
  • Media Specialist
  • Medical Records Worker
  • Narrator
  • Paralegal
  • Playwright
  • Product Manager
  • Proofreader
  • Public Administrator
  • Program Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Public Speaker
  • Publicity Assistant
  • Publisher
  • Reading Consultant
  • Reporter
  • Research Assistant Analyst
  • Researcher (polls, fact checking)
  • Researcher / Pollster
  • Reviewer
  • Sales Representative
  • Teacher (all levels)
  • Technical Writer / Consultant
  • Training Specialist
  • Translator
  • Underwriter
  • Video Scriptwriter / Producer
  • Website Writer / Designer
  • Writer

* Some of these careers may involve acquiring additional education.
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.