Why study English at Le Moyne College?

Today’s world needs nimble thinkers who can grasp complex ideas and communicate effectively. As an English major at Le Moyne, you’ll engage your heart, mind, and imagination in great works of literature. You’ll also refine your writing skills, deepen your ability to conduct research, and learn to develop informed, articulate points of view. Whether you concentrate in literature or creative writing, Le Moyne’s English Department will help you cultivate your passion and curiosity.

Program Highlights

Le Moyne English majors are encouraged to exercise their imaginations. In our courses, you can study the Renaissance history of the book and explore the literature of the Harlem Renaissance. You can lose yourself in a sprawling Victorian novel and in the seductive world of film noir. You can analyze fiction, poetry, and plays and find the inspiration to write your own.

Our distinctive courses include: Literary Paris (with travel to Paris); Literary London (with travel to London); Harlem Renaissance (with travel to Harlem); The Invention of Print and Reinvention of English Literature; Women as Art/Women as Artists; Introduction to Children’s Literature; and The Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

Our Stories


Photo Breanna Feldin

Literary Paris

/ 2015

“Who doesn’t want to go to Paris?”

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Photo Emily Latanyshyn

Emily Latanyshyn

/ 2017

I help tell Le Moyne’s story to our various audiences.

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Photo Ylce Irizarry

Ylce Irizarry

/ 2017

Ylce Irizarry jokes that she left for College in the fall of 1989 - and stayed.

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When you graduate as an English major, you’ll be a perceptive reader, an effective communicator, and a critical thinker. You’ll be able to manage information, understand different sides of an issue, and solve problems creatively. Informed, knowledgeable, and highly skilled, you’ll be prepared to follow your passion wherever it takes you.

Here’s what these Le Moyne graduates say about being an English major: 

“Writing is absolutely integral to what I do every day. My writing reaches various athletic administrators across the country, and I have adapted quite seamlessly to the NCAA’s style of writing. I am more than proud to tell anyone who will listen that I earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in Advanced Writing from none other than Le Moyne College.” —Madison Hahesy, ’15, NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs

“Being an English major prepared me as Mayor of Independence, Missouri to comprehend large amounts of information on a variety of topics. My career has included professional sports, freelance writing, non-profit development, and public service. I cannot think of another course of study that would have allowed me so many different opportunities.” —Eileen Weir, ’90, Mayor of Independence, MO; former Manager of Public Information and Media Services for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs

Graduates from Le Moyne College’s English Department are pursuing careers in:

  • advertising and brand management
  • arts administration
  • education
  • fundraising
  • human resources
  • information technology
  • journalism
  • law
  • library and information sciences
  • medicine
  • mental health services
  • new media
  • nonprofits
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • sports management   

Degree Options


B.A. in English with a concentration in Literature or Creative Writing

Dual B.A. in English Literature or Creative Writing and Communications

Multiple Initial Teacher Certification tracks

5-year B.A./M.S.T. programs: As a Le Moyne English major, you can earn a B.A. in English and an M.S.T. in Adolescent Education or Dual Adolescent and Special Education in five years of study. You’ll save time and money earning your master’s degree and enter the high school or middle school job market with more intensive preparation in literature, writing, and teaching methods.

Minors: Advanced Writing, Creative Writing, Film, Irish Literature, Literature, Medieval Studies

Learn more in our Academic Catalog


Get in Touch

Contact the Department Chair:

Dr. Maura Brady


(315) 445-4398


Contact the Department:

Reilly Hall 339A
Department of English
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4573