English at Loras College is rigorous, experiential, and intellectually challenging. Students learn to write and speak well, to read and think critically, to collaborate with others, and to understand cultural diversity. These skills are crucial in many careers, and Loras English graduates work in a wide range of fields, including creative writing, law, academia, editing, publishing, journalism, technical writing, advertising, public relations, teaching, library science, and many others. Career preparation is enhanced at Loras by the ability to combine English with other majors and minors in a four-year program of study.

The English faculty are energetic and innovative teachers, active scholars, and well-published creative writers, and work closely with our students as academic advisors and mentors.

Our students choose from major programs in Literature and Creative Writing (though many of our students decide to major in both). We also offer three interdisciplinary minors: English, Irish Studies, and Rhetoric & Public Writing.

At Loras, English classes are small, with just 15 students in creative writing and public writing classes, and no more than 18 in most literature classes. This enables our students to work very closely with our full-time faculty, and engage in stimulating discussions, experiential courses, and service learning opportunities in the local community.
English majors at Loras are active and engaged on campus and beyond.  A student editorial staff edits and produces Catfish Creek: A National Undergraduate Literary Magazine. Loras English majors share their scholarship and creative writing with peers from other institutions at the annual Streamlines Undergraduate Conference in Language, Literature, and Writing. And many students publish their writing in The Limestone Review, our campus journal of creative writing and scholarship.  

Many of our students also land internships at local newspapers and publishing houses, including McGraw-Hill and Kendall Hunt. Many write for and edit The Lorian, the campus newspaper, or participate in the Loras Players theater troupe. And every year, several of our students spend a semester studying in Ireland in connection with our Irish Studies minor.

We are very proud of our Loras English graduates. Here are just a few of them:             
  • a nationally acclaimed, Shelley Memorial Award-winning poet
  • a nationally acclaimed, Tony Award-winning playwright
  • a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times; later head of National Public Radio News, and Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • the Science Editor at msnbc.com
  • a Professor of English at Marietta College
  • the Head of Legal Services for Dubuque, Iowa
  • the founder and executive director of Posada Community Center in Pueblo, Colorado
  • the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at John Carroll University
  • the Vice President for Advancement at Lewis University
  • the principal of Johnsburg High School in Johnsburg, Illinois
  • a writer for Earthforce, a nonprofit organization devoted to environmental education
  • the Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Loras College
  • a content producer at NogginLabs; also founder and Fiction Editor of Knee-Jerk literary magazine
  • a Production Director and Managing Editor at Guerrero Howe Custom Media; also a contributing writer for Paste Magazine and Alarm Press
  • a National Fulbright Scholar; later International Student and Scholar Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
  • a Developmental Editor at McGraw-Hill
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