Detroit Mercy students during an English class.

As an English major at University of Detroit Mercy, prepare to broaden your mind and gain a deeper understanding of the human experience as you explore great literature with our award-winning faculty. You'll learn how to express your ideas with confidence and clarity, an essential skill in almost any career you choose.




Great Things At Detroit Mercy

  • Students in the English program immerse themselves in great texts and great conversations.
  • Our courses are taught by award-winning faculty members who are active scholars, authors and passionate teachers.
  • Students have the opportunity to have their creative work published in [sic], the University's student arts journal.
  • Detroit Mercy’s Writing Center is a great resource where students can engage in one-on-one sessions, work on any stage of the writing process, review drafts or instructor feedback and get support.
  • Students who have strong English skills may also volunteer to help other students through the Writing Center.
  • Small class sizes mean plenty of individualized attention aimed at making sure our students succeed.
  • In the tradition of our Jesuit and Mercy sponsors, Detroit Mercy offers a great, well-rounded education. A strong foundation in English, combined with a liberal arts education can lead you to many exciting careers.

Your Boundless Future

English majors graduate as strong writers, thinkers and speakers, ready to pursue a career in a broad range of competitive fields or continue their journey in graduate or professional school. Graduates go on to enjoy careers in creative writing, journalism, technical writing, copywriting, marketing, public relations, freelance writing, editing, publishing, business, web design, research, to name a few. English majors also pursue successful careers in law, medicine, business and education.

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics information for these professions.


Contact Info

Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
Department Chair, English

Featured Alumna

Michelle Styczynski '11

“I became an English major because I was deeply inspired by the conversations that took place in my English courses. Now I receive praise from supervisors who say that my research and writing are thorough, clear, and convincing.”

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