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Why English?

Language shapes our ideas about the world and our place in it.

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. Leverage your love for the power of words into a meaningful and successful career path.

Why Study English at Iona?

Our program will allow you to discover connections between literature and your own world.

You'll join a dynamic community of teacher-scholars who believe in the power of great literature to speak to students. Our faculty offer individual attention and will mentor you to expand beyond your horizons and apply critical skills in new ways.

You'll have opportunities for hands-on, exciting internships where you can take what you learn in the classroom into real-world situations and connect with professionals working in a wide array of industries.

What You'll Learn

You will learn about English and the world through coursework that blends history, art, philosophy, religion, science and other subjects.

You will develop the skills necessary to analyze texts and to broaden your perspectives. You will learn to clearly and precisely communicate your ideas in writing and in oral presentations. You will learn to be a creative, independent, ethical, and flexible thinker.

The skills you'll develop will make you marketable in fields including: consulting, journalism, marketing, law, education, banking, government, screenwriting, and publishing.

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With NYC just 20 minutes from campus, you’ll have ready access to museums, arts centers, educational facilities, theaters and non-profit agencies where you can enrich yourself and find internship and career opportunities.

Enriching Minors

Minors are a great way to add a specialty in an area on top of your degree. English majors can benefit from adding one of these valuable minors to their course of study:

  • Film (Minor): Provides a broad overview of film culture, with emphasis on important historical and critical trends, film form and style;
  • Writing (Minor): Will give you a lifelong advantage in any career, as you hone your critical, creative and communication skills.

Successful Alumni

Iona’s 50,000 alumni are leaders who share their success with students and graduates through internship and career opportunities.

Christa Ryan

The specialized classes are my favorite part of being an English major. I’ve taken a variety of classes with focuses on Jane Austen, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, and everything in between. Studying such diverse works with expert professors is incredible!

Christa Ryan '20

Careers & Outcomes

With enhanced writing, editing and critical-thinking skills, a degree in English sets up an ideal background to pursue many career paths from teaching to business and much more. 

Job Titles:

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Director
  • Teacher
  • Librarian

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

Oxford University Press
Bauer Media Group
Marvel Entertainment