Mission Statement

The English major at La Salle focuses on the study of literature but complements such study with additional attention to examining the various modes of writing (through courses in creative, professional, business, legal, and Web-based writing) and to considering the role language plays in everyday life and in the continuing history of literature (through courses in grammar, the history of language, and language and prejudice). In so doing, the major prepares students for a number of careers, including teaching at the secondary level, for graduate and professional education, and for a variety of roles in which they can prove themselves responsible, contributing members to society as a whole.

The English major at La Salle provides students with contexts, frameworks, and opportunities to read widely and deeply in a variety of literatures in English and translation; to write well in academic, creative, and professional modes; and to make connections between what they read and the communities in which they live. In doing so, the English major participates in La Salle’s broader mission “as a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition” that “challenges students to contemplate life’s ultimate questions as they develop their faith, engage in a free search for truth, and explore their full human potential.”

Major(s) Offered


Minor(s) Offered


Creative Writing

Location/Contact Information

Bryan Narendorf, Chair

Hayman Hall 141


(215) 951-1145

Staff Contact Information

Eileen Barrett, Administrative Assistant I

Hayman Hall 141


(215) 951-1145

Full-Time Faculty

PROFESSORS: Harty, Musser

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: Allen, J. Beatty, Betz, Busse, Franson, Grauke, Jesson, Langemak, Narendorf


PROFESSOR EMERITUS: Butler, Mollenhauer