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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!

Visit Jackie Kelley's blog

'Walking with Wordsworth'

Students gain greater understanding of Wordsworths writing by studying the poets manuscripts at his museum and visiting his home

News & Events ​​​

E.C.Osondu​ fiction reading scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 7:00 p.m., Ruane Center for the Humanities Great Room.  Osondu is the winner of the Caine Prize and the Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Agni, The Atlantic, n+1, Kenyon Review and many other places and has been translated into over half a dozen languages. He is the author of the novel This House is Not For Sale and the book of stories Voice of America .  He is an Associate Professor of English at Providence College.​

Eric Bennett's book Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War was publi​​shed 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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The Providence College Center for Career Education & Professional Development​ partners with all students to help them identify, enhance and accomplish their career development, internship, job search and educational goals in their transition from college to career.