The abilities to think critically, to read analytically, and to write well are always in demand yet are increasingly rare.
The English Department at La Salle broadens your insight into the humanities through practical and interesting courses in literature, women’s studies, language arts and theory, editing and publishing, creative writing, and business, professional, and scientific writing, preparing you for whatever your future holds.
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La Salle’s English Program offers students the option of a stand-alone major, a double major with secondary education, multiple opportunities for double majors with other disciplines, and even more possibilities as a minor.
La Salle’s English Department serves qualified students by offering an unbeatable liberal arts education defined by:
Guidance and dedication from professors who are recognized scholars in their areas of expertise.
Flexibility that allows students to change the direction of their career preparation through their junior year without any notable effect on their ability to complete the program in four years.
Individualized, one-on-one attention with an average class size of 22 students.
An invaluable location with Center City Philadelphia at your doorstep.
A close-knit community our well-read cohort of faculty, staff, Christian Brothers and fellow students foster meaningful discussion and collaboration, as well as lifelong friendships.
Unbeatable value based on a proven return-on-investment. That’s why Money magazine cited La Salle fifth on its list of “50 Colleges that Add the Most Value for 2016-17, along with mentions in U.S. News & World Reports, Forbes, and The Economist.
An alumni network that offers invaluable support from over 50,000 La Salle graduates and even more from our global Lasallian network.
“I walked the red carpet at the Oscars last year, and Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for a character I wrote, and I did that with a La Salle English degree. So if people keep telling you that your dream is not possible, don’t believe them.”
— Matthew Quick, ‘96, author of Silver Linings Playbook
Blaze Your Own Path
In fields both expected (teaching and journalism) and unexpected (politics and management), La Salle’s English majors have successful entered a variety of rewarding careers in various fields. They are writers who have worked for, among other publications, The New Yorker,The (Allentown) Morning Call, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,Philadelphia Magazine, Motor Age, The City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
One of our graduates had his first novel turned into an academy-award-winning motion picture. Another won a prestigious national award for his most recent book of poems. An English alumna, after successful careers in law and higher education, has now been elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In the same year, three recent graduates won highly competitive Fulbright Fellowships to carry out post-graduate study in Taiwan, the Slovak Republic, and Austria. Our graduates also teach at the secondary and college levels. They are doctors, lawyers, civil servants, chefs, entertainers, and entrepreneurs. We are proud that the skills with which we provide our majors have allowed so many of them to follow their dreams and to find success and happiness in so many areas.
Students majoring, or double-majoring, or minoring in English have the opportunity to complete one or more internships during their junior and senior years. Internships can open the door for students to a permanent career by supplementing their courses with a part-time position.
The Mary and Robert L. Dean Writing Scholarships are open to any student, regardless of major, who has completed 30 college–level credits (15 of which must have been earned at La Salle). The Dean partial scholarships, which are not based on financial need, are awarded to students with outstanding writing abilities. Applications for these scholarships are available in the English Department office each spring semester.
The Catherine and Paul Doran Scholarships are open to English majors and English double majors who have at least a 3.2 GPA overall and who have completed 30 college–level credits (15 of which must have been earned at La Salle). Applicants must have completed three courses in English beyond ENG 110 and ENG 210. Applications for these scholarships are available in the English Department office each spring semester.
When the book “Silver Linings Playbook” was turned into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro, author Matthew Quick, ’95, saw his dream and hard work come full circle. “If people keep telling you that your dream is not possible,” he said, “don’t believe them.” Quick said he realized his […]
When the book “Silver Linings Playbook” was turned into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro, author Matthew Quick, ’95, saw his dream and hard work come full circle. “If people keep telling you that your dream is not possible,” he said, “don’t believe them.”
Quick said he realized his desire to become a writer during his time at La Salle, where he double-majored in English and secondary education. Luckily, he never listened to all of the people who warned him that he would be unsuccessful as an English major. Instead, Quick and his wife, Alicia, whom he met at La Salle, left their teaching jobs in New Jersey and went to live with her parents in Massachusetts. For three years, Quick wrote in the basement of his in-laws’ house. The result was his first novel, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In 2012, Quick saw his best-selling book hit the big screen and credits La Salle with getting him there. “Things worked out for me largely because of what I did while I was at La Salle, writing every day,” he said. “I walked the red carpet at the Oscars, and Jennifer Lawrence won an Oscar for a character I wrote, and I did that with a La Salle English degree… I am so proud to be a part of this La Salle community, and I’ll never stop exploring.”
Quick has also written three young adult novels, “Forgive Me Leonard Peacock,” “Boy 21,” and “Sorta Like a Rock Star.” “The Good Luck of Right Now,” was published in 2014, followed by “Love May Fail” in 2015.
Beyond the Classroom
83% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
Ranked in Forbes 2017 Top U.S. Colleges.
Listed by the New York Times in the Top 6% for median income of graduates at age 34.
Ranked 34th in the North Region on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Best Colleges.