Writing Success Starts Here

Whether your interest lies in journalism, creative writing, literature, linguistics, publishing, teaching, or law, the BA in English Language and Literature at Pace University offers three concentrations and several combined degree options to develop your specific interests. You will choose from three concentrations in creative writing, literature, or linguistics, which also allows for the ability to double major in related fields. This program will open doors in virtually any field, such as journalism, publishing, communications, business, the arts, law, and education.

Make Main Character Moves

  • Beyond the classroom, you will have the opportunity to learn from prominent poets and authors who visit campus, publish your own work in Aphros, our literary magazine, and gain hands-on experience working on The Pace Press, our undergraduate student newspaper.
  • You will be guided by our outstanding faculty of authors, editors, and world-renowned scholars with diverse research interests and expertise.
  • You will develop the in-demand skills you need for success in today’s competitive job market: top-notch writing, insightful critical analysis, and clear, organized thinking.

Take Courses Like…

Courses in this major are wide-ranging and will challenge your intellect. Our curriculum is unique and innovative in how it combines creative and analytic skills and traditions. Our fun and rigorous coursework prepares you to collaborate and think creatively in whatever you go on to do.

Be sure to consider one of our accelerated programs where you can earn a BA and a graduate program in five years.

Choose from one of these combined degree programs, which ultimately save you one year of study: English Language and Literature, BA/Publishing, MS; English Language and Literature, BA/JD in Law; English Language and Literature, BA/Adolescent Education, MST.

Add Opportunities And Experiences

As an English major, you’ll join a rich and vibrant community of writers, scholars, and activists. Together with faculty, you might attend plays and performances, learn from visiting luminary writers and poets such as Wayne Koestenbaum, Rumaan Alam, and Patricia Spears Jones, present your creative work at open-mic nights, or help edit and publish our longstanding literary journal, Aphros. You might go on field trips with faculty to archives like the Interference Archive—a trove of materials related to social and political activism—or learn how to write and publish your own ‘zine or graphic novel. Or you might work closely with faculty as a part of the university’s Undergraduate Research Programs on topics as diverse as “Linguistic Features in Contemporary Women’s Language” or “Language Maintenance in Filipino-American Immigrants.” Every spring, the department awards up to $15,000 to the best student writing produced by our majors and minors in multiple genres. And, our courses are all capped at 15, 20, or 25 students, so you get a real chance to know one another and your faculty. We look forward to having you join our community!

"As an English major, I was able to combine the opportunities of the big, bustling city with a more intimate classroom setting”—Jordan Little, ’17

Choose Your Career

Graduates of this program go on to exciting careers in a variety of industries and non-profits, as well as to graduate school. Recent English alumni are currently employed as:

  • Community Organizers
  • Digital Content Managers
  • Editors
  • Journalists
  • Librarians
  • Literary Agents
  • Narrative Video Game Designers
  • Teachers
  • Translators

Recent graduates have also gone on to earn Master’s degrees and PhDs from: The New School, Georgetown University, Fordham University, UCLA, and the University of Virginia.

Career Options

  • Adelphi University
  • Fox Sports
  • Harper Collins
  • HBO
  • The Morgan Library
  • Nancy Yost Agency
  • NBC
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Weil-Cornell


  • English majors earn comparable median salaries to STEM majors (Source: HumanitiesWorks.org)
  • English majors have a lower probability of being underemployed than business majors (Source: HumanitiesWorks.org)
  • English majors have among the highest average scores on the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and GRE (Source: HumanitiesWorks.org)