English Literature Concentration


Acquire in-demand job skills and prepare for graduate study.

If you love to read with a critical eye, a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in literature from California University of Pennsylvania will give you in-depth knowledge of American literature and literary theory while teaching you to write and analyze texts at a professional level.

 Cal U is accredited by the Middle States commission on Higher Education. This concentration is part of our comprehensive bachelor's degree program in English.

Prepare for success in a wide range of lucrative careers.

  • Studying literature gives you strong problem-solving skills, social empathy and cultural awareness - all are highly valued attributes in the job.
  •  This bachelor's degree program will give you the opportunity to work with award-winning literature professors on research and community projects that are presented on the local and national levels.

Program Highlights: Literature Concentration

Innovative Courses: Baseball in Literature. Women as Heroes. Digital Storytelling. Cal U's literature program takes an engaging approach to the intersection of culture and writing.

Expert Faculty: Cal U literature professors actively publish their research and have been recognized for expertise in Old English, African-American literature, 19th-century texts, feminist narratives and more.

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of Cal U literature program graduates since 2013 are in jobs or enrolled in graduate school.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's unique hands-on English literature concentration means you'll apply coursework in your major to real-world situations. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Present your work at regional and national conferences.
  • Engage in historical research that directly benefits local communities.
  • Publish your writing in Cal U magazines and on course websites.
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Degree Benefits

An English degree with a concentration in literature will prepare you for graduate-level work in the humanities and competitive placement in many careers. Our literature students have gone on to:

  • Earn a Ph.D. in English.
  • Become professors of English at public and private universities.
  • Run their own freelance writing businesses.
  • Teach English.


Literature Concentration English - Bachelor's Degree
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Career at a Glance

What can you do with a literature degree? Program graduate Dr. Dana Driscoll is a college professor who teaches courses on research methods and composition pedagogy.

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A Civil War Journal

Students in the American Literature I course created a digital transcript from an original 19th-century Civil War soldier's diary for the Robinson Township Historical Society. The project made headlines in four local newspapers.

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National Attention

Cal U literature students regularly present their work at national conferences. Ethan Klersey '15 and Laura Owens '15 presented on digital storytelling at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago.

Cal U's Bachelor of Arts degree program in English offers a broad range of innovative literature courses. You'll delve into a wide range of literary movements, authors and genres while developing professional writing and critical-thinking skills.

Course Examples

Survey of American Women Writers


Studies in Old and Middle English Literature

Studies in 19th-Century Literature

Studies in 20th-Century Literature

Studies in American Literary Genres

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English Bachelor's Degree

  • Journalism Program: A concentration for English majors interested in a career as a journalist or freelance reporter.
  • Creative Writing Program: A concentration for English majors interested fiction, poetry and other forms of literary writing.
  • English Certification ProgramA concentration for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in education who want to teach middle or high school English. 
  • Journalism Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Creative Writing Minor

English Faculty

Dr. M.G. Aune
Professor and Honors Director


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Dr. Anthony Carlisle
Assistant Professor and English Department Chair


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Dr. Sarah Downey
Associate Professor


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Dr. Brent House
Assistant Professor


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Dr. Keat Murray
Assistant Professor


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Dr. Krystia Nora
Assistant Professor


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Dr. Pratul Pathak
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Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan
Associate Professor


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