Triangle Copy careerplus-badges careerplus-degree Created with Sketch. careerplus-employers Created with Sketch. careerplus-faq Created with Sketch. careerplus-individuals Created with Sketch. careerplus-local-experts Created with Sketch. careerplus-pricing careerplus-registration Created with Sketch. careerplus-responsive Created with Sketch. careerplus-self-paced Created with Sketch. careerplus-stackable Created with Sketch. + Facebook LinkedIn PinterestRSS Instagram Twitter Vine


Bachelor of Arts

With an English degree at Clarke University, you will explore the story of our humanity. Everything from ancient legends to modern literature have helped people to survive, communities to grow, individuals to learn, and worldviews to be revealed. For example, as part of Clarke’s Bachelor of Arts in English, you can read the words of an enslaved woman and experience her world, while also examining the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of the person who “owned” her. Such examination of our humanity illuminates what we have in common, how we differ from one another, and who we would like to be.

In Clarke’s English program, you also examine the power of language—a power that exists within the “real world” and impacts it. You learn how to effectively use language and silence via the study of literature. As a result of such classroom experiences, you will gain knowledge as well as finely-tuned critical thinking, writing, speaking and analysis skills that will assist you as you journey through your career and personal life, and contribute to a global community.

Outside the classroom, unique internships with local and national organizations and an active culture of service and volunteering will help you build a portfolio that stands out from those of other job applicants. You may also choose to pursue professional development opportunities through hands-on experiences at Clarke, like producing our annual literary magazine, The Tenth Muse, or serving on the staff of The Crux, a student news site.

Clarke University English graduates have gone on to find success in roles as diverse as digital marketing experts, attorneys, high school teachers, graduate students, and successful entrepreneurs. Explore the opportunities waiting for you by requesting information today!


Clarke University English Major students collaborating on a project.

Clarke University student working on computer at a lab on campus.

Why English at Clarke?

Through the Clarke English degree program, you could:

  • Experience our contemporary and unique curriculum.
  • Hone writing, speaking, and analysis skills.
  • Engage in thought-provoking courses.
  • Present your work at a conference.
  • Produce a professional portfolio.
  • Participate in publishing the Tenth Muse, Clarke’s literary magazine.
  • Create a Capstone performance that reflects your talent and interests.
  • Gain problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills.
  • Publish your work.
  • Engage in an internship.

A bachelor in English gives you the communication skills essential to succeed in today’s diverse employment market. Clarke’s BA English program emphasizes writing, literature, and professionalization. At Clarke, you’ll be taught and mentored by faculty members who are literary scholars and published authors — each invigorated by working with college students. Many English majors easily and effectively combine their major in English with another major or a minor. Consider, History, Communication, Graphic Design, or a Spanish minor to pair with your English degree.

What do the musical artist Sting, politician Mitt Romney, and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki all have in common? Yes, an English degree. Do you consider yourself creative? An English degree might be perfect for you. Bachelor of Arts in English is a way to Immerse yourself in a wide world of literature, composition and rhetoric. Your mastery of the curriculum will help prepare you for creative opportunities in professional settings, such as public relations or technical or freelance writing.
In this BA in English program, you’ll study:

  • Literature and composition
  • Expository, persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing
  • Major literary genres, authors and forms
  • Critical thinking, analysis, collaboration, and communication

Explore an educational path that sparks imagination — earn your BA in English. Earning a bachelor’s in English does not limit graduates to one career or field. In fact, and English degree helps students develop valuable skills that employers in multiple industries value, including competencies related to written and oral communication, problem-solving, leadership, research, and analytical interpretation.

Program Details

An English degree is an all-encompassing and versatile degree that offers graduates a wide variety of career paths to follow. With an emphasis on communication and the written word, English majors learn to research, study, and interpret information. In our Bachelor of Arts in English, your courses will make you marketable in a variety of career paths. You’ll learn to analytically read texts and articulate the core of those writings to others both orally and in writing. Our dynamic course offerings in literature, career preparation, and magazine publishing are designed to strengthen your ability to think critically, read sensitively, and articulate thoughts effectively.

The Power of Liberal Arts

The ability to write well, speak well, and problem solve are some of the top skills employers seek when hiring new graduates. Leaders need to know how to create, collaborate, innovate, and inspire. A liberal arts education and bachelor in English prepares you to do just that, forming those critical skills that separate leaders from followers. And, because a liberal arts education translates to many different careers, you also have the option of easily jumping into a new job if you’re ready to try something different.

Cool Classes

Here is a snapshot of the unique and challenging classes our English degree students take:

GLOBAL VOICES — This course contributes to students’ global awareness by examining literature from locations outside of England and North America.

THE POLITICS OF GENDER IN LITERATURE — This course analyzes texts through the lens of gender. Students may explore notions of masculinity, femininity, and gender fluidity.

LANGUAGE AND POWER — This course examines the powerful tool of language that inspires people to action and nations to change.

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants to our Bachelor in English are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

The Numbers

97% of business executives rate writing skills as very important, according to a Metlife survey.

93% of employers want candidates who think critically, communicate clearly, and solve problems (AAC&U). These figures add up to mean that an English degree from Clarke University is something that will fuel your future career as you move through your life.

How About a Career? We’ve got you.

What can you do with an English degree? The one-to-one learning that happens at Clarke in our Bachelor of Arts in English means students succeed at securing internships and subsequent career opportunities. Clarke English creative writing degree-seeking students have careers in Dubuque, Iowa, regionally, and internationally as:

  • Magazine Editor
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Musical Performer
  • Librarian
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Actor
  • Human Resources Director
  • Museum Educator
  • Business Leader
  • Corporate Organizational
  • Behaviorist
  • Technical Writer
  • Public Relations
  • So many more!
Atrium Interior

Meet Our Faculty

When our Department of English 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.

Professor of English

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.

Getting ready to take notes in a Clarke University English Class
There’s more to college than going to class.

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.

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.

97 %
Writing skills

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

States and Countries

Our students come from 27 different states and six countries.

Other Programs to Explore

Experience Clarke English for Yourself

Atrium Interior