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Liberal Arts, English (AA)

Liberal Arts, English (AA)

English majors develop reading, writing, and communication skills that are useful in a variety of fields.

Program Highlights

In the English concentration, you will:

  • Develop competency and depth in interpreting the themes and content in introductory media courses.
  • Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to your audience and purpose.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner.

Overall Requirements

To graduate with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts with an English concentration, you will need to: 

  • Earn at least 62 credit hours
  • Complete the Gen Ed Core
  • Complete the Arrupe Mission Core
  • Complete at least two 200-level ACENG courses

Arrupe College usually offers one 200-level English course per semester. You can choose from course topics like fiction, rhetoric, poetry, memoir, Shakespeare, and African American literature. Check LOCUS to see which courses are currently available.

What Can I Do With an Associate's Degree in English?

English is a versatile field. Instead of preparing for one specific career, English majors develop reading, writing, and communication skills that are useful in a variety of fields. Earning an Associate of Arts degree with an English concentration can lead to jobs such as:

  • Preschool teacher or teacher’s assistant
  • Library technician
  • Freelance writer

If you pursue a bachelor's degree, you can continue studying English. People who earn a bachelor's in English can go on to work in fields such as:

  • Human resources
  • Sales
  • Nonprofit fundraising
  • Project management
  • Law
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Brand and social media management
  • Education
    • Another option is to earn a combined BA/MA in English and education

Learn More

Is English the right fit for you? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Browse information about being an English major. Check out Loyola’s English department website.
  • It’s also good to check out information provided by English departments at other colleges and universities.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Explore the required curriculum and what learning outcomes you can expect with a degree in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in English (AA).

Meet the Faculty

Julia Bninski, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Literature and Writing

When I teach composition, my goal is to help students gain confidence as writers and to develop writing strategies that they can use across the curriculum and in practical situations.

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Daniel E. Burke, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Literature and Writing

Guiding students toward new ideas, new ways of thinking, reading, or writing and to hear what they come up with is a joy and a privilege.

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Jose Castellanos, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Composition

I share a lot of similarities with Arrupe students and have firsthand experience with some of the challenges they face.

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Danielle Cochran, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Literature and Writing

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Sean O'Brien, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Literature and Writing

Working with a room full of intelligent, talented, unique individuals with their own experiences, questions, and goals means that every class is different.

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While enrolled at Arrupe, you are encouraged to start connecting your interests and skills to different major and career options. Arrupe Career Services is dedicated to supporting students as they prepare for their career pursuits. There are many resources available to assist you:

  • Explore information about careers: The "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool helps you connect majors to a variety of career options and shares strategies to make you a more marketable candidate for the types of careers you want to pursue. You can access this resource within the “Career Tools” box on the Loyola Career Services website. CareerOneStop lets you explore careers and see detailed information about different occupations, including job descriptions, employment outlooks, typical salaries, education required, relevant skills, and more.
  • Browse information about college majors: Every college department has a website. Pick some majors that sound interesting, then visit their department websites. You can look at Loyola departments, or departments at other colleges and universities.
  • Explore your interests: Look for events sponsored by colleges or departments that interest you. You can also look for student organizations focused on your academic interests through LUCommunity.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because Arrupe College is designed for students with limited financial resources, graduates leave with a high-quality Jesuit education and little to no debt. 

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