University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown


Read Your Future

Examine, Analyze, and Understand Your World

Do you want to explore the most significant ideas ever captured in print? Would you like to critically examine, analyze, and synthesize the complex ideas that our most penetrating authors have examined? Do you want to turn those skills into a career?

If so, the English Literature program at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown will prepare you with real-world skills for in-demand positions in diverse fields from education to publishing to consulting to technology.

No industry can be successful without talented, informed, and thoughtful individuals who can read carefully, think insightfully, and write effectively, and English Literature at UPJ will help you build those skills. Our passion to help you succeed is what drives us; let us help you build your career.

Communications at UPJ

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Why Major in Literature at UPJ?

English majors can add value to any organization through superior written and verbal communication skills. Their capacity to read, analyze, and synthesize disparate information sets them apart as analyzers, communicators, consultants, and managers.

  • Learn directly from faculty in classrooms that are intimate, diverse, and personal.
  • Enjoy a classroom experience that prioritizes student thinking, creativity, and excellence.
  • Study the most significant works written in the English language, including British, American and other authors in the English Literary tradition.
  • Explore diverse texts from current authors writing about the human experience in our world.
  • Have direct access to educators to speak about career success.

Your Future, Revealed

Careers in communication are incredibly diverse and always in demand. With a degree in Communication, you can find employment as:

  • Copywriter
  • Teacher or Private Tutor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Managing Editor
  • ESL Instructor
  • Web Content Manager
  • Lexicographer
  • Business, Healthcare, or Operations Manager
  • Lecturer or Instructor
  • Museum Curator (with graduate degree)
  • Lawyer (with graduate degree)
  • Professor (with graduate degree)



Average starting salary of a Literature Graduate (B.A.) at entry level
US Median, 2021 (Source: US Bureau of Labor and Statistics,


5% Job Growth

Estimated employment sector growth
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Add to Your Degree with a Minor

Want to maximize your employment flexibility? UPJ offers a huge selection of minors to pair with your Communication degree. Some of the most popular choices include:

  • Writing
  • English Literature
  • Marketing
  • Foreign Languages

UPJ Grads Share Their Success

Brianna Facciani
After earning a B.A. in English Literature, Brianna earned an M.A. from UPJ in Library and Information Science and was hired by the Pittsburgh City Archives processing historic records, digitizing reports and photographs, and creates accessible guides.



Jacob Williamson-Rea
Jacob holds degrees both in English Literature and Writing from UPJ. After earning an MFA from Johns Hopkins and teaching at both Carnegie Mellon and UPJ, he was hired by Microsoft as a Digital Content Manager where he manages Microsoft's Research's Global Internal Portal across three continents.

Dedicated, Expert Faculty

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Meet the English Literature Faculty Meet the Humanities Faculty

Our English Literature faculty has over 120 years of experience across multiple literary genres, including American and British literature, Contemporary and Digital Literature, and Poetry. For more information, please reach out to:

Ann Rea, PhD, Department Chair
223-C Biddle Hall
814-269-7166 |


Humanities Division
233 Biddle Hall

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