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Discover the power of words to change the world. 

Language shapes our ideas about the world and our place in it. The English Department at Iona College will cultivate your passion for language, literature, and the power of the word. Our programs are rooted in traditional literary studies, engaging you in a rigorous analysis of literature that can begin with Shakespeare, Chaucer and Milton, then take you from the 18th-century novel to the graphic novel.  You’ll learn the uses of language and rhetoric, appreciate the importance of historical and cultural context, and enjoy working closely with our active, lively and accomplished faculty.

In addition to the undergraduate program in English, we offer a Master of Arts degree program, designed to provide a solid foundation for those interested in achieving teacher certification or working toward doctoral study––or anyone seeking personal and intellectual growth. Students may also purse the 5-year BA/MA in English.


Valued communication skills

As an English major, you’ll hone your written and critical thinking skills, while developing the intellectual curiosity, creativity, independence, and ethical framework that will prepare you to make a difference in the world. The skills most valued by employers—the ability to analyze and synthesize information and to communicate clearly—are precisely the skills for which English majors are known. Whatever your next move may be––teaching, publishing, law, journalism, advertising, business, library science, theater, film––you’ll have the skills necessary to communicate with precision, dexterity, and clarity.

Small classes, committed teachers

In intimate classroom settings, you’ll receive the kind of individual attention and encouragement for which our exceptional liberal arts college is known. The English Department is a dynamic community of teacher-scholars who believe in the power of great literature to speak to our students.  Take a course in The Epic where you’ll journey from Gilgamesh to Tolkien, discovering connections between a 4,000-year-old text and your own world. Take a course in Shakespeare on Film where you’ll see how contemporary actors and directors transform a popular writer for the Elizabethan stage into a popular writer for films today.


Learn, experience, serve

Opportunities for internships abound, both on campus and off.  Our students serve as research assistants to faculty doing archival work in the Thomas Paine Collection at Ryan Library; they help produce The Shakespeare Newsletter; they work in New York City theater and television; they volunteer as tutors in writing and reading as part of the afterschool Success Program. The English Internship enables students to earn three academic credits for eighty hours of work as they gain valuable career experience. Join us and discover how you will shape and change the world.

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Student Success

Caitlyn’s internship in a NYC museum taught her valuable lessons in working with others to achieve common goals–and move the world.

Caitlyn O'Toole ’14

English and Political Science

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Student Success

I have found amazing assistance in each professor at Iona, as they've helped me realize my love of English and Political Science.

Caitlyn O’Toole

English / Political Science major