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“The English Department at Holy Cross has been tremendously helpful in guiding not only my education, but also in helping me develop as a person with great critical thinking skills and the ability to use these skills compassionately.”


We read and write to enrich our humanity and improve the world

The combination of being able to analyze information, recognize patterns, create good arguments, tell compelling stories, understand people and their perspectives, and write clearly is more valuable than ever. There’s no better way to develop those skills than to be immersed in a culture dedicated to integrating and developing them in you.

As an English major at Holy Cross, you’ll benefit from:

  • Small classes with accomplished and well-connected faculty
  • Coursework in analysis and interpretation, Christian literature, Shakespeare, creative and professional writing; writing-intensive seminars across a range of periods and cultural traditions; curricular tracks in scholarship, secondary teaching, and professional communication
  • Hands-on experience in writing, designing, laying-out, copyediting, and publishing a new campus publication
  • Professional internship and service learning opportunities (100 percent of our students do both).

Most importantly, we believe that plunging into great literature will expand your mind and heart and lead you toward becoming a better scholar, citizen, leader, and disciple.

English Major Requirements

English Minor Requirements

Core Curriculum Requirements

Help your fellow Saints tell their stories

In addition to working on a campus publication, Core Chronicles, you can also work as a tutor in The Writing Center to help your college peers across the process of writing:

  • Brainstorming
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing

Scholars. Teachers. Lawyers. Writers. Communication Directors

Holy Cross College English majors are prepared to excel in a wide range of career fields. Your chances of personal and professional enrichment, to say nothing about the extent of your sphere of influence, depend directly on your ability to communicate well.

With an English major, you will be versatile and adaptive in such fields as:

  • Law
  • Editing
  • Politics
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing Media
  • Technical Writing

Program contact

As a group, the English faculty is new and developing an exciting range of relationships and initiatives, including partnerships with Cluny Media, Actors from the London Stage, and local high schools.


Anthony Monta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Chair, Department of Humanities