Finally. An English degree that prepares you for the practical world. Learning how to analyze literature facilitates critical thinking, writing and communication — essential skills for most in-demand occupations. Mount Mercy English majors have found work in a variety of fields, including politics, human resources, journalism, project management, marketing, sales, law and more.
Our faculty practice what they teach — routinely producing creative and scholarly works — and bring those real-world experiences and valuable lessons to the classroom. Faculty also work closely with students to set goals and hone skills. You’ll create a body of work fit for your portfolio, carefully vetted by instructors and class peers.
Professional preparation that matters. English students often participate in internships that lead to full-time positions. Students also gain experience with Paha Review, Mount Mercy’s literary magazine, and the university’s award-winning student newspaper, the Mount Mercy Times. Through Mount Mercy’s Visiting Writers Series, students have the opportunity to interact and learn from nationally known authors.
Many students choose to pair a major or minor in English with studies in creative writing, history, marketing, psychology, sustainability management, pre-law, communications, political science, or education.
Writing scholarships are available to incoming freshman and transfer students with an interest and talent in writing. The scholarship is open to majors and non-majors alike for up to $3,000 and renewable up to four years for a total of $12,000.
Find a full list of courses at our course catalog.
Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for English in Iowa:
“My English major at Mount Mercy has prepared me for the real world. People ask me what I’ll do with an English major. Simply put, I can do anything I want!”
— Katarina Althoff ’15 (Ruffalo Noel Levitz)