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English

Bachelor of Arts

Imagine being taught and mentored by faculty members who are literary scholars, playwrights, published authors, and poets – each invigorated by working with college students. Interested in writing and publishing? At Clarke, you’ll learn from professors who know the publishing world and teach students how to manage quality submissions, acceptances, contracts, rights, and more. Employers seek candidates who can articulate thoughts effectively with confidence, clarity, and concision for a variety of audiences in an array of formats. In addition to mastery in writing and speaking, employers seek graduates with the problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills the English major provides.

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Program Details

Our English courses will make you better at whatever careers are in your future. You’ll learn to analytically read manuscripts and articulate the core of those writings to others both orally and in writing. Course offerings in literature, writing, and language are designed to strengthen your ability to think critically, read sensitively, and articulate thoughts effectively. Courses aim to expand your awareness of literature as art and of all facets of human experience as revealed in literature.

Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

View Our Faculty & Staff
Ann Pelelo, Ph.D.

I strive to give to my students what my professors gave to me: knowledge, respect, and constant invitations to inquire beyond the surface of life.

Steve Bellomy, Ph.D.

Steve Bellomy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

I encourage my students to recognize their own influence, as readers, on how, why, and in what ways literature matters.

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The Classroom and Beyond


But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston

English and Spanish '11

Because of my education, and my writing classes especially, I am making a good income doing something I enjoy.

Kyle Majerus

Kyle Majerus

English '18

The English major cultivated my communication, leadership, analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, which allowed me to flourish not only academically but professionally. The English major builds a strong foundation for a successful future.

Jenna Weber

Jenna Weber

English and Secondary Education '20

Being an English major at Clarke has helped me become a critical thinker and has taught me how to apply what I learn to multiple subject areas. This well-rounded understanding is something that I think anyone in the English field of study can use to their advantage when considering goals for their future.


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Student to Faculty Ratio

The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke means students succeed at securing writing and publishing internships and subsequent career opportunities.

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Writing skills

Percent of business executives who rate writing skills as very important, according to a Metlife survey.

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States and Countries

Our students come from 27 different states and six countries.

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