English Degree Information

Explore Great Literature of the Past and Fast Forward to the Voices of Today

We all communicate meaning through words, whether spoken or written for the page or screen. As an English major, you’ll be prepared to read, analyze, write and edit texts about people grappling
with the big questions of life — from relationships to religion to philosophy and beyond. By reading the great literature of the past and the newer voices of today, you’ll learn to communicate in a
variety of styles and media. You’ll develop perspective and empathy, and be prepared to think, analyze and communicate in any field you choose to enter.

You will acquire skills in critical thinking and problem solving, knowledge of literary genres and styles, language and interpretation. You will develop research and presentation skills as well as the ability to express yourself clearly in writing.

All English majors produce an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their achievement and preparation for graduate study and career fields. Students have pursed advanced study in English, creative writing, education, health administration, library science, business and law.

A major and minor are offered. 

Creative Writing

A concentration is offered in creative writing.


A concentration is offered in literature.


The concentration offered in Education is specifically designed for students who seek a career as a middle school or high school teacher.

Franklin Pierce Literary Society

Join the Franklin Pierce Literary Society!

Nevermore ReviewYou have the opportunity to publish your work in the Nevermore Review, Franklin Pierce University's student literary magazine.
Northern New England ReviewYou have the opportunity to publish your work in the Northern New England Review, a creative voice for the Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine region.
Sigma Tau DeltaYou have the opportunity to join Franklin Pierce's chapter of the National English Honor Society if you meet the national requirements for induction.
  • Renee Lute '09

    The writing classes I took as a student at Franklin Pierce propelled me toward summer writing institutes and graduate school, where I earned my MFA in creative writing. I've since been published in a number of literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Bellevue Literary Review, Mamalode, and ROAR Magazine. The literature and writing professors at Franklin Pierce were incredibly encouraging, and I'm so thankful for them."

    Renee Lute '09

    Published Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Northern New England Review 

Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • The New York Times
  • Glamour
  • Highlights
  • CBS Television Studios


  • Shakespeare Globe Theatre
  • Yankee Publishing
  • Associated Press


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

Humanities Faculty Bios

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Want to Know More?

Download the English Program SheetDownload an English program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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