Mount Mercy University’s Bachelor of Arts in English program prepares graduates with expert writing and communication skills urgently sought by today’s top employers.

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. 

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, management, pre-law, communications, political science, graphic design, diversity studies, 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.

What can I do with an English degree?

The combination of critical problem solving and people skills you gain with an English degree is in high demand by employers who need flexible and creative workers, no matter the industry. Our program is specifically designed to ensure that Mount Mercy English majors are ready and able to acquire a job immediately after they graduate. Mount Mercy English majors have found work in a variety of fields, including politics, human resources, journalism, project management, marketing, sales, law, teaching, and more.

What courses will I study?

Courses include:

  • Writing and the Analysis of Literature
  • Professional Writing
  • Technology & Communication in Business
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing and Popular Culture
  • Shakespeare
  • Topics in American Literature
  • Film Adaptation
  • British Modernism

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)

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