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English (Literary and Textual Studies)

Analyze. Critique. Explore. Create. At York College, English majors experience our written and spoken language from all angles.

We don’t view literary and textual studies as something you study one discipline at a time. The most powerful way to improve critical reading, thinking, and communication skills is to discover, debate, and research across the spectrum. Our challenging, diverse curriculum covers cultural studies, film, literature, rhetoric, creating writing, and philosophy. You’ll also be able to specialize in one of four tracks of focus — comparative literary studies, film and media studies, critical and cultural theory, and women and gender studies.

English degree at York College
Studying English at York College means getting a well-rounded education and ample opportunity to write for publications.
York Review student literary journal at York College of Pennsylvania, spring 2016

The York Review

The York Review is the department's student-run literary journal. Published usually in the spring, the magazine is a juried collection of student writing. Students can submit works for publication and can apply to serve on the editorial board.

Adrienne Freeland '07 turned her degree in English into a job as the social media coordinator for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. Download a transcript of this video.

EnglishYour future in

This major is excellent preparation for graduate school, as well as careers in everything from law and education to publishing and business. Our graduates work for the Baltimore Sun, Intelligencer Journal and other newspapers, the Federal Aviation Administration, Johns Hopkins University and other colleges, Johnson & Johnson, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Walt Disney Company Foundation.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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Communications and Writing Department
Gabriel Cutrufello, PhD, Chair
Humanities Center, Room 159
Phone: 717.815.6447