English Department

English Literature

English Literature at Viterbo

Studying English is about discovering, interpreting, and creating meaning. English literature explores these understandings in its various forms. From the American and British canons to creative writing and poetry, English literature provides exposure to diverse cultures and understandings. English literature also teaches the power of the written word, and how to communicate ideas in a variety of forms.

At Viterbo, English literature students have a variety of opportunities to hone this process through writing and research with faculty. Students take a wide variety of courses on literature and writing where they explore their research interests. Summer research offers students the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor to create and present original research. In addition to a host of student-edited publications, students create a senior capstone project, allowing them to delve deeper into a topic of their choosing.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and career in English literature.

Program Highlights

  • Active English club
  • Small class sizes that facilitate close interactions with faculty
  • Summer research and presentation opportunities
  • Multiple student-edited publications
  • Faculty mentored senior capstone project


Featured Alumni

Brittney Greeno

"In my experiences as an English instructor and grant writer, I have analyzed various types of writing from students and faculty to advise them on how to clearly identify and develop their purpose and meaning through organization, language choice, and supported evidence—skills I developed as an English Literature major at Viterbo.”

Brittney  Greeno '11  
Grant writer
UW-La Crosse

Career Examples

  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Public relations specialist
  • Screen writer
  • Secondary school teacher 

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Healthcare Business Insights
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Mount Horeb Mail Newspaper
  • Orange Computer Solutions
  • Walden University