English Department

English Department

The English programs at Viterbo are rich, engaging and full of experiential learning opportunities for students.  We offer:

  • Three major tracks: literature, writing, or education.
  • Three minor tracks: literature, writing, or English language arts education.
  • Your choice of a BA or BS in writing or education.
  • Faculty who are active in research and writing.
  • An English club, Final Edit.
  • Paid positions in writing, editing and publishing for our campus newspaper, The Lumen, our journal of freshmen writing, Backspace, or our literary and arts journal, Touchstone.
  • Internship (some are even paid) and study abroad opportunities.
  • A rigorous undergraduate research program including opportunities to participate in Scholars' Day, the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Summer Research Fellowship Program.
  • Interesting courses on a range of topics and authors including Shakespeare,World Literature, Latin American Fiction Around the Boom, American Fiction since 1945, Women Writers after 1700, Greek and Roman Literature, Creative Non-fiction, Argumentative Writing and News Reporting and Writing.
  • Skills that are absolutely indespensible and required for all careers, including critical thinking and analysis, written and oral communication, and information literacy.

Viterbo English majors often pursue communications-based careers in such fields as public relations, advertising, and journalism. Many English majors prepare for careers as middle/secondary school teachers, or pursue graduate or professional degrees in English, library science, communications, and law.

Students who minor in English gain the analytical skills that come from textual study but also improve their writing through their choice of five courses that comprise the minor.

For more information, contact:

Vickie Holtz Wodzak, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Assistant Professor