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Studying English and Theater Arts

First-Year Writing
The English composition requirement ensures that all University undergraduates have intensive training in written communication in two classes, each capped at 22 students. In the English composition courses the students acquire the basic skills required not only to write well for their college classes but also to apply those skills in their professions and in their roles as responsible citizens.

Undergraduate Degrees
The B.A. in English at Duquesne University provides an ideal way to acquire an outstanding education in the liberal arts. Literary study, writing, critical and creative writing, and research skills are the bedrock of academic and professional excellence. English majors develop a personalized course of study while concentrating in Literary Studies, Writing, or Film Studies.

The Theater Arts degree allows students to examine and experience the relationship between drama as literary artifact and drama as performance. Students are given technical instruction in the craft of presenting plays with particular emphasis on interpretation of drama and its place within culture. In addition to the intellectual abilities developed as in all liberal arts programs – flexibility of mind, clarity and precision in written and oral communication, and an ability to negotiate the often confusing world of human artifacts – students also benefit from work with the technical side of dramatic presentation.

Masters Degree
The M.A. Program in English prepares students for further studies as well as other career options through a graduate program that is structured around the study of historical literary periods, within which a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches is taken. Currently, the Department covers all traditional periods of literary study in British and American literature as well as incorporating attention to women and minority literatures, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.  The Department's commitment to literary study is necessarily predicated upon a notion of intellectual and critical responsibility that acknowledges the social and cultural contexts within which all literary study occurs, as well as the value laden nature of literary study within those contexts.

Doctoral Degree
The Ph.D. Program prepares students to enter the profession as excellent teachers and scholars through a graduate program that is structured around the study of historical literary periods, within which a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches is taken. Currently, the department covers all traditional periods of literary study in British and American literature as well as incorporating attention to women and minority literatures, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.  The Department's commitment to literary study is necessarily predicated upon a notion of intellectual and critical responsibility that acknowledges the social and cultural contexts within which all literary study occurs, as well as the value laden nature of literary study within those contexts.

Student Opportunities
Opportunities in the English Department vary from class trips to France to study Theater, critical and creative scholarships, and student organizations housed within the department that emphasize a love of literature and learning and encourage originality.