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English Studies - Literature

Whether you see yourself standing in front of a class talking Shakespeare or studying literature as an academic discipline, you’ll find a home in English at La Roche University.

The English Literature major explores American, British and world literature while providing a strong foundation in literary study, theory and criticism. Through classroom discussion, readings and writing assignments, you’ll learn how to analyze literary works on paper and in person.

Expert Faculty

The La Roche English faculty includes scholars, researchers, business professionals, award-winning poets and authors, and professors who hold years of experience in journalism, writing, education and media. These professors offer a wealth of real-world experience and share their expertise for you to understand classroom material at a much deeper level.

Publishing Opportunities

La Roche is a small campus with big opportunities for English students and aspiring writers. You’ll have the opportunity to serve as a contributing writer, editor, designer or photographer for Redhawk Post, our online student newspaper, and Nuances, the University’s literary journal.

Writers’ Center

Whether you have trouble organizing your thoughts or completing a classroom project, consultants at the Writers’ Center can help you address important questions concerning your assignment. The Center helps you to structure your writing, develop ideas, write clear and correct prose, and identify and correct errors. This service is free to all La Roche students.

Honor Society

English students who maintain an above-average GPA and demonstrate a commitment to a career in English or literature may join our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. Sigma members assist the English Department in publishing its annual literary magazine, Nuances. This group also sponsors on-campus events such as poetry readings.

Study Abroad Opportunities

You have the opportunity to expand your horizons by studying literature, language and culture in another part of the world. Included in the cost of tuition, our Study Abroad+Study USA program offers you the chance to travel abroad or within the United States at little or no additional cost. Our students have visited England, Ireland, Scotland and Italy for courses in literature, culture and history.


Each year the English Department chooses recipients for the following awards.

Sister Rita Yeasted Award

La Roche alumna Jill L. Ferguson established this scholarship to honor English Department Chair Sister Rita Yeasted, Ph.D., and her contributions to the field of English education. Scholarship recipients must be current La Roche students who are communications or English majors with a minimum 3.5 GPA. 

John and Dorothy Saladiak Scholarship

This $1,000 award is given to a graduating English senior who shows the most promise.

Tem Tipton Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established in memory of Tem Tipton by her family in tribute to her professional achievements as a reference librarian and teacher and in recognition of her community service activities.

  • Open to full-time, undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education or English who have completed their freshman year
  • Applicants must have financial need, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have current or past involvement with community service or other types of volunteer activities
  • Recipient must remain in good standing during award term
  • Essay and recommendation letters required

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    What Can You Do With Your Degree?

    A degree in English Literature is meant to prepare you for graduate school or library science, and for positions in government services, law and public relations. The discipline also offers a range of skills that are valuable in any professional environment: the ability to write clearly, analyze problems, and think critically and creatively about complex issues.

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