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Undergraduate Degree in English

The B.A. in English at Duquesne University provides an ideal way to acquire an outstanding education in the liberal arts. Literary study, composition, 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.

According to LawyerEDU.org, earning a degree in English is also one of the best ways for students to prepare for Law School.

Literary Studies

The Literary Studies concentration offers knowledge of English and American literature through a curriculum emphasizing the relationship between literature, culture, society, and ethical issues. MORE


The Writing concentration affords the opportunity to combine literary study with course work in composition. Writing workshops in poetry, fiction and drama enhance creative instincts, clarity, and precision. MORE

Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies concentration offers knowledge of American and International film through a course of study combining historical, theoretical and technical approaches to the material. In addition, students take courses in film production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers where they have access to the most up to date techniques and equipment. MORE

Accelerated Master's Program

The Department of English invites undergraduate students at Duquesne to earn a Master of Arts degree in only five years.  MORE


If you are interested in learning English as a Second Language, please visit the ESL website.


Declaring Your Major

To declare an English or Theater major or minor, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Log in to DORI
  2. Go to "Index" (located in the upper right-hand corner)
  3. Go to "Liberal Arts" (listed under Schools in the sidebar on the far right)
  4. Go to "Bachelor's Programs"
  5. Fill out the "Major/Minor Declaration form" and proceed to confirmation


    Mentor Program

    When a student declares an English or Theater major, he/she is assigned a faculty mentor. An email is then sent to each student with contact information for the mentor. 

    Students are required to meet with this mentor prior to registering for classes each semester.

    Faculty mentors will help students in a variety of ways, including:

    • meeting each semester to determine which classes the student should take in order to meet requirements
    • advising the student throughout their English or Theater studies
    • discussing options for potential graduate study

    Course Descriptions

      The English-Education major

      English majors who are pursuing a dual degree in English and Education must:

      • Take a course in World Literature beyond the 100 level (322W Survey of Global Literature or a 400-level course recommended)

      • Take a course on the English language: 433 History and Structure of the English Language or a course on grammar or linguistics, when offered

      • English-Education dual majors are strongly encouraged to take 317W Survey of British Literature I to fulfill one of their survey requirements

      These additional requirements may be met partially by using electives, but one or two courses beyond the thirty-six hour minimum may be required to complete the English major.

      Note to English-Education Majors:

      Students who declared their major in Fall 2013 will be expected to complete the newly revised requirements for the English major. If you declared your major before Fall 2013 you may opt into the revised curriculum and transfer toward your degree the credits that you have already earned. Under the revised major, students have the freedom to take more electives and tailor their survey choices to better meet their needs and interests. Please contact your departmental mentor and talk to him or her before you enroll for Fall courses.

      The English minor

      REQUIRED: 18 credit hours (6 classes) in English, including:

      ENGL 300W: Critical Issues in Literary Study

      One 300-level English survey course

      One 400-level literature course

      Three elective English courses at the 200-level or above

      The Theater Arts major

      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.

      Duquesne believes strongly in the liberal arts approach to studying Theater. This approach guarantees that students will have the broadest understanding of all aspects of Theater with a more intense knowledge of a specific field of study within the theatrical profession. Their education will prepare them for work in all areas of theater as well as a strong basis for further study at the graduate level. Skills learned through the pursuit of Theater are also strongly desired in the fields of Business, Marketing, Public Relations, Teaching and Law. MORE

      The Theater Arts minor

      CORE REQUIREMENT: 9 credit hours, including:

      THEA 151: Introduction to Theater
      THEA 210: History of Theater I (Ancient to Renaissance)
      THEA 211: History of Theater II (Renaissance to Present)


      6 credit hours selected from 300-400 level English Department courses that emphasize dramatic literature.

      ELECTIVES: 6 credit hours, chosen from the following:

      ENGL 203: Introduction to Drama

      THEA 201: Acting I (2 credits)

      THEA 301: Acting II (2 credits)

      THEA 302: Acting III (2 credits)

      THEA 303: Acting IV (2 credits)

      THEA 305: Directing I

      THEA 310: Technical Theater

      THEA 405: Directing II

      THEA 481/ENG 434W: Dramatic Criticism

      ENGL 301W: Playwriting I

      ENGL 400W: Playwriting II

      THEA 496: Directed Studies (including practica in Theater Management, Technical Theater, and Performance

      Dual Major Opportunities

      The department offers special dual-major arrangements with the following programs:

      English & Communications

      English & History

      English & Philosophy

      English & Journalism

      English & Media Management

      English & Public Relations and Advertising

      English & Education: Through a special dual degree program, students can obtain a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Education.

      Accelerated Masters Program: Students with a 3.5 average can earn a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English in five years.


      For more information on these programs, please visit the English Department (637 College Hall) to pick up a brochure.

      Student Opportunities

      The Department offers many student opportunities in both English and Theater Arts, including:

      • Lexicon Magazine
      • Medieval and Renaissance Players
      • Pittsburgh Filmmakers
      • Red Masquers
      • Scholarships
      • Sigma Tau Delta
      • Study Abroad
      • Yearbook
      • Internships

      For more information, please visit our Student Opportunities page.