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RMU's Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English program prepares students for a variety of fields, including writing, editing, teaching, and as communication specialists in advertising, public relations, law, or other writing-intensive positions.

Our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise, and all have related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, and counselors. As a result, you get to take advantage of their first-hand experience as you work toward a rewarding job in teaching, writing, P.R., marketing and advertising, or dozens of other career opportunities.

The English degree at RMU is one of the university's most versatile offerings. Our graduates go on to build successful careers in a variety of areas including:

  • Arts, Entertainment, Recreation
  • Customer Service
  • Educational Services
  • Management 
  • Government (State & Local)
  • Legal Services
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Writing/Editing
Katie Kirkpatrick '08 is a great example of what you can do with an English degree from RMU. Currently, Katie works as a communications consultant at Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh, where she provides external communications support for Bayer MaterialScience. "The ability to be brief in written and verbal communications is a rare and desired skill among employers. RMU’s English program and its professors enabled me to master brevity in communications: to take any large, complex idea and to properly articulate it in just a few sentences."

Another is Heidi R. Lewis '03, Ph.D., assistant professor at Colorado College. "Dr. Connie Ruzich was one of the most influential professors I had during my 11 years of higher education, one of the major inspirations for my decision to become a college professor. Because of her, I became especially meticulous regarding the presentation of my work, and that has paid off a great deal." 

Below is a typical four-year course of study for English students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading and Writing Strategies Study of Literature
General Psychology   Argument and Research
Principles of Sociology Survey of Economics
Math Reasoning w/ Applications Intro. to Decision Support Systems
English Lit. elective Elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Public Speaking and Persuasion Study of Language
Study of the Essay Select American Poets
World Literature Business Professional Communication
Coming of Age Science elective
Elective Visual History Comm.
History elective
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Mod. English Grammar/Editing Study of Rhetoric
American Lit. before 1865 American Lit. from 1865
British Lit. to 1789 British Lit. from 1789
Dramatic Art of Shakespeare History of English Language
Elective Intro. to Theater
Philosophy elective  
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Writing Theories and Practices Seminar in English Studies
Professional Writing Elective
Journalism elective Elective
Elective Elective

At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. RMU's unique Student Engagement Transcript certifies our graduates' character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. 

English majors receive an education that is both well-rounded and focused. Built upon a broad foundation in the liberal arts, the English curriculum is integrated through sustained attention to linguistics, problem-solving rhetoric, and the interpretation of literature and other texts. Students select a course of study that best suits their personal interests and career goals. The program prepares graduates for a variety of careers as well as for graduate study.

The School of Communications and Information Systems is now housed in a brand new building on the Moon campus.  The structure includes classrooms, computer labs, media arts studios, editing suites, a gallery, and teleconferencing facilities, as well as faculty and administrative offices, student meeting spaces and a café. Facilities include the Pod room with both PCs and Macintosh computers.

Within walking distance to the new building are facilities that provide opportunities for students to develop expertise in a range of media.  Students perform and produce plays and musicals in our theater; they produce our student newspaper, The Sentry, and our literary magazine, RUNE, in our newsroom; they produce documentaries, attend lectures and learn from visiting scholars in our Media Arts House; and they produce and host news, entertainment, and sports programs in our state-of-the-art Academic Media Center’s broadcast facility and our Internet radio station. 

Faculty members in the School of Communications and Information Systems are recognized for their dedication to teaching, academic research, global understanding, and professional experience. Our faculty regularly wins awards and accolades for excellence in teaching and research. As guides and mentors, they motivate students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their field of study.

Faculty members encourage students to engage in scholarly pursuits, including participation in academic conferences and professional organizations. Our faculty members hail from seven countries on four continents, helping to broaden students’ global understanding. Many lead study abroad trips and international student exchanges in Europe, South America, and Asia. Finally, SCIS faculty members’ professional experience and community involvement help students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to the workplace. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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