Faculty members in the Department of English provide students with a rich variety of learning experiences as they engage literary texts and develop as writers. The English major prepares graduates for a broad range of professional careers––in law, in secondary education (certification requirements completed within the undergraduate program of study), in publishing (writing and editing for books, magazines, journals), in traditional journalism (print and broadcast media), in advertising, in public relations, and in business (marketing and management). Furthermore, English major graduates often pursue advanced degrees that prepare them for teaching at the community college or four-year college/university level.

For advanced study in the writing field, the Department of English also offers a Master’s degree in Writing Studies; the program can be completed on a part- or full-time basis.


Submissions from 2011

West Chester University Poetry Salon at La Pomme, April Lindner

Workshop on Writing for Young Adults, April Lindner

"A Multitude of Drops": Recursion and Globalization in David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, Jason H. Mezey

Crusoe's Foe, Foe's Cruso, and the Origins and Future of the Novel, Jo Alyson Parker

Preaching with the Hands: Carthusian Book Production and the Speculum Devotorum, Paul Jacob Patterson

Review of "Salvation and Sin: Augustine, Langland, and Fourteenth-Century Theology" by Aers, David, Paul Jacob Patterson

Dead Man's Cell Phone, Laura Grace Pattillo

"'A Greater Request': Tottel's Miscellany and its Compilers", Jason Powell

Scholars, Servants, Spies: William Weldon and William Swerder in England and Abroad, Jason Powell

"The 'Great Cawses' Behind Tottel's Miscellany", Jason Powell

'All His Furniture in His Room': An Interactive Digital Edition of the Diaries of John Ruskin, David R. Sorensen

Carlyle Studies Annual (Volume 27), David R. Sorensen

'Exploded and New Made': Industrialization, Decomposition, and the Rebirth of Creativity in the Major Works of Thomas Carlyle., David R. Sorensen

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Volume 39), David R. Sorensen

The Correspondence of Isaac W. Dyer and the Froude-Carlyle Controversy, David R. Sorensen

'Transcendent Wonder or Moral Putrefaction'?: Thomas Carlyle and the Legacy of Charles Darwin in Victorian England, David R. Sorensen

"Can't We All Just Get Along?" Civil Discourse on the Web and in the Classroom, Jennifer Spinner

"The Lyric Essay: Reading, Writing, and Teaching 'The Beautiful Wild Child' of Creative Nonfiction", Jennifer Spinner

Submissions from 2010

Trauma, Transcendence and Trust: Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot Thinking Loss, Thomas J. Brennan S.J.

A Course Called Ireland, Robert T. Coyne

A Course Called Ireland, Robert T. Coyne

Adapting Literary Work for Film, Robert T. Coyne

"In the Haub School: Rigor and Engagement in Teaching", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

"Musical Hopkins", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

"The Four Great Loves of Gerard Manley Hopkins", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

"The Provincial and the Poet: Retreat Notes from Two Victorian Jesuits", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Review of "The Collected Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, 3rd edition", Richard A. Fusco

Barry Hannah~"Yonder Stands Your Orphan", Owen W. Gilman

Exploring Difference in the Service-Learning Classroom: Three Teachers Write about Anger, Sexuality, and Teaching for Justice, Ann E. Green

Character and Construction in Bernard MacLaverty’s Short Fiction of the Troubles, Richard J. Haslam

13 Ways of Looking at an Object, Aimee Ashley Knight

New Media and the Humanities Classroom, Aimee Ashley Knight

Jane, April Lindner

The Gospel of Gandhi: Whiteness and State Narcissism in Thatcherite England, Jason H. Mezey

Comparative Literature and Competing Orthodoxies in Melville's "Clarel", Peter C. Norberg

Crusoe's Foe, Foe's Cruso, and the Origins and Future of the Novel, Jo Alyson Parker

David Mitchell's 'Cloud Atlas' of Narrative Constraints and Environmental Limits, Jo Alyson Parker

Time: Limits and Constraints, Jo Alyson Parker

Drama at K+5: New Orleans Theatre Post-Katrina, Laura Grace Pattillo

White People, Laura Grace Pattillo

In 'The Sound and the Fury', Benjy Compson Most Likely Suffers from Autism, Patrick H. Samway S.J.

A Blot on Literary Fame: Julia Wedgwood, Thomas Carlyle, and the Biographical Imperative, David R. Sorensen

An Indefinable, Tentative Process: Carlyle, George Eliot, and the Redemption of Philosophy Through History and Fiction, David R. Sorensen

Carlyle Studies Annual (Volume 26), David R. Sorensen

Commentary. Queen of Fairyland -- A New Discovered Collection of Lady Ashburton's Letters to Thomas Carlyle, David R. Sorensen

Selective Affinities: The Browning and Carlyle Marriages through Their Correspondence, David R. Sorensen

Shattered Majesty: Ruskin, Carlyle and the Venetian Restoration of Frederick the Great, David R. Sorensen

Shattered Majesty: Ruskin, Carlyle, and the Venetian Restoration of Frederick the Great, David R. Sorensen

'That Noblest Quality of Real Friendship--Truth': Letters of Harriet, Lady Ashburton, to Thomas Carlyle, 1843-57. Part I, David R. Sorensen

The Carlyle and Browning Marriages through Their Correspondence, David R. Sorensen

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Volume 38), David R. Sorensen

'The Noblest Quality of Friendship--Truth': The Newly Discovered Letters of Thomas Carlyle to Lady Harriet Ashburton., David R. Sorensen

Who Now Believes in Hero Worship?: Thomas Carlyle and the Troubled Legacy of Greatness, David R. Sorensen

Submissions from 2009

'Huckleberry Finn' and American Revivalism, Anthony J. Berret S.J.

The Reading Group on Huckleberry Finn, Anthony J. Berret S.J.

Using Music to Teach 'The Great Gatsby', Anthony J. Berret S.J.

Writing, Music, and Therapy in Three Acts of Music, Anthony J. Berret S.J.

3 Poems, Tenaya R. Darlington

Daily Dish: Farm to Philly Hosts Bloggers Who Eat Locally, Seasonally, Tenaya R. Darlington

Food Desert: North Philly Still Lacks Fresh Food Access, Tenaya R. Darlington

Funny Grrrls: Humor and Contemporary Women Poets, Tenaya R. Darlington

Iron Chef: Fishtown, Tenaya R. Darlington

Charming Hopkins: A Look at Some Lighter Lines, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Hopkins at Play: But in 'The Wreck' and the Welsh Sonnets?, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

"Hopkins on Stage, Sumptuously, in Santa Fe", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Is Hopkins’ "The Windhover" about Christ? A Negative Response, with a Whimsical Postscript, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Musical Hopkins: A Suite in Four Movements, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.


Review of "Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Victorian Visual World", Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

The Poet and 'The Wreck': An Exchange, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Who Was--Who Is--Gerard Manley Hopkins?, Joseph J. Feeney S.J.

Education Design (Graduate Level, English) for Success in Real Life, Owen W. Gilman

Food Writing: A Tasting Menu, Melissa A. Goldthwaite

Live Wires: Creative Nonfiction and Technology, Melissa A. Goldthwaite

Local Practice, Global Concerns: Food Writing in the Service-Learning Classroom, Melissa A. Goldthwaite

What Do You See Now? Awakening Ethical Consciousness, Melissa A. Goldthwaite

Beyond Service Learning: Writing Projects that Contribute to Social Justice, Ann E. Green

Microinequities and Their Influence on Women Faculty at the Teaching University, Ann E. Green

Regina Maria Roche's "The Children of the Abbey" (1796) and the Search for Shelter, Richard J. Haslam

About Face 2.0: Tools for Mapping Our Institutional Presence, Aimee Ashley Knight

About Face: Mapping Our Institutional Presence, Aimee Ashley Knight

A Visual Reading of The Hawk, Aimee Ashley Knight

Giving Birth on the 37th Floor and East New York, April Lindner

Here Everybody Has a Neighbor: Bruce Springsteen's Narrative of Community, April Lindner

How She Lost Her Mind, April Lindner

Neat, April Lindner

One Night Stand, April Lindner

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, April Lindner

Poetry Reading and Interview, April Lindner

Pyrotechnics, You Tell Me What It's Like, and Tangle, April Lindner

Red Dress, April Lindner

Franchises and Fetishes: Critiquing State Power in Arundhati Roy's Early Nonfiction, Jason H. Mezey

Herman Melville: A Writer and His Books, Peter C. Norberg

Moby-Dick: A Reading Course, Peter C. Norberg

Review of "How to Write About Edgar Allan Poe", Peter C. Norberg

Approved Penance, Approved Women: Penitential Practice in the Speculum Devotorum, Paul Jacob Patterson

Chaucer, Langland, and the Uncertainty of Early Print Culture, Paul Jacob Patterson

Reforming the Reformation of the Book: A Report on the recent NEH Seminar â Reformation of the Bookâ, Paul Jacob Patterson

Crimes of the Heart, Laura Grace Pattillo

Review of "Next Fall", Laura Grace Pattillo

What role does theatre play in addressing human rights and political injustices? (Invited special roundtable for Modern Drama), Laura Grace Pattillo