Great literature illuminates the world around us and delves into the depths of the human soul. At Catholic University, your love of literature will help you confront and consider different writers' explorations of human, social, and metaphysical issues, challenge and strengthen your ethical imagination, and root you in a dynamic cultural tradition.

An English major will deepen your knowledge of literary and artistic traditions, of history, make you a better reader and writer, and refine your aesthetic judgments. Literature poses many of the same questions as philosophy, theology, the social and natural sciences, and the other humanities. Core courses in these related disciplines will both broaden and deepen your exploration of what it means to be human.

With well-honed interpretive and analytical skills and the ability to comprehend and express complex ideas in writing, you will be well prepared for the world of work. The study of English is also good preparation for a wide range of graduate studies.