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English Department at Providence College

English Department

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What can you do with an English degree? Write a celebrated novel, manage a political campaign, or fund-raise for an Ivy League university. Become a television journalist, an investment broker, or an award-winning professor of law. How do we know this? Because these are just a few career fields our graduates have excelled in. 

The English department at PC has something for anyone interested in the discipline — lovers of great books, writers and poets, and future teachers and college professors. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of English literature: authors, genres, and historical periods. 

We offer three bachelor's degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one promises to sharpen your writing, analysis, and research skills — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.

English Abroad

'Union Jackie'

Jackie Kelley '17 is spending the Spring semester studying abroad at King's College in London. During her time in England, she will be sharing her experiences on her "UnionJackieBlog." Be sure to follow her!


'Walking with Wordsworth'



News & Events ​​

​The Senior Symposium and the Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  The Symposium, an annual celebration of student scholarship,  features papers from twelve seniors:  Nicholas Tavares, Colleen Gardner, Katherine O’Brien, Abby Guerino, Jose Martinez, Sara Curtis, Gabriella Nigro, Patricia Krupinski, Nally Scaturro, Anna Dumais and Emily Marzo.  In addition, we welcome thirteen new members into Sigma Tau Delta.  Elizabeth Flynn, class of 2009, will speak at the induction ceremony.  The Symposium will take place in Ruane 206 and will run from 9:30 am-3:00 pm.  The Induction Ceremony will begin at noon.  A light lunch and refreshments will be served.

Attention Senior English Majors!   The Department of English invites you and your parents to a reception in honor of your commencement.  Please plan on joining faculty and friends on Saturday, May 14, in the Ruane Center for the Humanities Room 205/242 from 12:30-2:30 pm.   Please rsvp to jmasso@providence.edu by Wednesday, May 4 and include how many in your family will accompany you.

Eric Bennett's book Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War was published by University of Iowa Press (2015).  Eric is the author of A Big Enough Lie, and his writing has appeared in A Public Space, New Writing, Modern Fiction Studies, Blackwell-Wiley’s Companion to Creative Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, MFA vs. NYC, and Africana

Chard deNiord named Vermont Poet Laureate. Chard succeeded Sydney Lea as Vermont Poet Laureate on November 2, 2015. Poet Laureate is a four-year appointment made by the Governor based on the recommendation of a distinguished panel.  Read more.

Dzvinia Orlowsky receives NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. The Fellowship will support the translation into English of a collection of poems by Mieczyslaw Jastrun, considered to be one of the most important Polish poets of the years between the two world wars.  Read more​.

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