At Mount Mercy, English is more than a literature degree:

It’s a professional degree –
Not only are employers desperately seeking the analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills that you develop every day through your English coursework, but our program will directly help you succeed in the workforce. Through job shadowing, professional writing courses, internships, and career preparation that starts as early as your sophomore year, your Mount Mercy English major or minor will better prepare you to find a successful career after you graduate.

It’s a competitive degree – 
When there are multiple applicants for a single job, what makes you stand out?  Regardless of the job you pursue, the skills you develop as a Mount Mercy English major or minor will make you the most attractive, marketable candidate for that job. Also, if you choose to double-major or minor in English at Mount Mercy, you can combine your chosen field with the skills of your English major or minor to distinguish yourself from your competitors on the job market and attain the career you desire.

It’s a creative degree
Our creative writing courses not only help you better understand literature through the process of creating it, but they also improve your versatility with language and your ability to engage different audiences, significantly improving your professional marketability. Furthermore, by working on our two literary magazines, The Paha Review and Perceptions, you will gain behind-the-scenes experience in publishing and learn other ways to use your creative skills in the workplace.

It’s a community
Our classes and clubs provide numerous service-based opportunities for you to make a difference in the Eastern Iowa community, and our low student-teacher ratios enable you to get personalized instruction and forge meaningful bonds with your classmates and faculty members.  This also ensures that your professors are personally invested in both your academic success and your future careers.