English, B.A. (ENGAL)

Senior Capstone Presentations
On Friday, December 11, 2015, senior English majors presented their capstone projects in the Mountain View Room of the Port Sky Cafe. The students' projects focused on the works of writers who have earned a Nobel Prize in literature. Presentations were made by senior English majors Nicole Koch, Diana Fackler, Nicole Woodring, Tatyana Rasmussen, and Heather Myers. View more photos.

My Penn State Altoona


Sarah McDonald, '13

  • English major
  • Women’s Studies minor
  • Hard Freight editor

"Penn State Altoona stands for what a real education is about – learning how to think. It’s been transformative."


Why Study English?

Writing and literary pursuits play an important role in shaping our culture. English majors learn to write both passionately and persuasively for diverse purposes, read critically, and develop into skilled researchers. Our students are prepared for graduate study in literature, creative writing, professional and technical communication, and rhetoric and composition. Other graduates have entered teaching and publishing careers, among others. Studying English also supplements a wide array of professions such as law, advertising and public relations, and business administration and management. For more information on careers and other opportunities for liberal arts graduates, see Why Major in English?

Our Program

Students begin with a strong foundation in literary studies, taking courses in critical reading, as well as British and American literature and genres. Beyond these foundational requirements, students take advanced courses in literature, or choose to enhance their writing skills by pursuing Creative Writing or Professional Writing emphases.