Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in Rome
The organized study of literature written in the English language has long proved its worth as a traditional discipline that exercises the imagination, encourages intellectual precision, and inculcates a critical appreciation of humane, liberal values. Students trained in this discipline have generally found that it has provided an appropriate background for careers in a variety of fields beyond the discipline including law, government, diplomacy, journalism, publishing, education, and, by no means least, business.
B.A. in English Literature
The program emphasizes the historical and cultural understanding of the development
of literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century, but courses
in the theory of the various literary genres are also required. In all courses, students
must not only read texts with great care, but also criticize them and present the
results of their own research in well-written essays. The training in the skills of
research and writing culminates in the thesis that a student must present in his/her
There are clear advantages in pursuing an English Major at an institution that belongs, like John Cabot University, to the English-speaking academic tradition, and this may be especially true for students whose first language is not English. There is also particular value, however, in studying English literature at an international university, which John Cabot is as well. In this international atmosphere the content of each English course inevitably becomes somewhat internationalized, as it is related to the Italian context and to the other national backgrounds of the various students. Courses in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing are also part of the English Literature program.
Students graduating from John Cabot University with a B.A. in English Literature will have acquired knowledge and skills that will allow them to pursue many different career paths, such as:
- Copy editing
Many JCU students decide to pursue graduate studies at prestigious universities such as The University of St Andrews, Oxford Brookes University, Trinity College, and The Graduate Center, CUNY.
STEFANIA PICCIALLI, Class of 2017
GIULIA MAGGIORI, Class of 2019
MARINA TRAYLOR, Class of 2019
MARIOLINA CASTELLANETA, Class of 2020