Department of English and the Humanities

The Department of English and the Humanities provides students a liberal arts education with a strong professional focus, preparing them to succeed in a wide variety of career fields. We train students to research, assimilate, analyze, and synthesize information, to appreciate a wide variety of perspectives, and to define and solve complex problems. 

We offer small classes with personal attention from professors who are published and award-winning scholars. Courses focus on literature, language, rhetoric, philosophy, and professional and creative writing.

The department is committed to creating a vibrant and supportive scholarly community that welcomes all students and encourages them to reach and to surpass their educational and personal goals. Internships are included in every concentration of the major, and faculty members assist students in charting pathways to professional careers through research, publishing, and editing opportunities, creating strong resumes prior to graduation.

Our program has a proven track record of preparing students for graduate school and law school; our alumni thrive in diverse career paths, including publishing, management, education, technical writing, editing, advertising, public relations, and filmmaking. But it’s not just about the job: we prepare students to discover their passions, to live thoughtfully and ethically, and to use their talents to shape our world.

Our English Studies Graduates...

  • are pursuing rewarding careers with Fortune 500 companies and local corporations:  Bayer (Communications Consultant), Nova Chemicals (Marketing Communication Specialist), Heinz (Accounts Manager), Robert Morris University (Admissions)
  • have created their own consulting companies (Comma Girl II Inc.)
  • are published authors (for example, the novel Then Stirs the Feeling Infinite)
  • have taught overseas (Korea and Japan)
  • have been hired to teach at the university level (Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies at Colorado College, part-time faculty at Robert Morris University and Duquesne)
  • have been accepted to graduate schools and law school (Trinity University in Dublin, University of Purdue, Ohio University, University of Pittsburgh)

Our English Education Graduates...

  • are presenting at national conferences (National Council of Teachers of English)
  • are winning awards (Penn-Trafford's students, taught and mentored by a RMU grad, won $25,000 for their energy-conservation videos)
  • are teaching in variety of schools (Pittsburgh Public Schools, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, PA Cyber Charter School, Mount Lebanon Public School, etc.)
  • are working as librarians (Peters Township Public Library, Moon Township Public Library)
  • have obtained full-time positions locally after working as long-term subs and full-time out-of-state positions as Secondary English teachers
A Letter from the Department Head

Robert Morris University offers English students a liberal arts education with a strong professional focus.  Ideally suited for students who excel in reading and writing, the English program embraces the RMU core value of academic excellence by offering small classes with personal attention from professors who are published and award-winning scholars.  Our programs include courses in literature, language, rhetoric, philosophy, professional and creative writing often not available to students before the graduate level.

From our friendly administrative staff to our dedicated faculty to our open and enthusiastic students, the English department as a whole is committed to creating a vibrant and supportive scholarly community that welcomes every student and encourages each one to reach and to surpass his or her educational and personal goals.

The RMU core value of professional focus is a key concept for the English department.  We include an internship in every concentration of the major, and we assist students in charting their pathways to professional careers through research, publishing and editing opportunities on campus so that our students have solid resumes prior to graduation.  In addition, our students are active in all areas of the university, from honor societies to Greek life to athletics, all of which is recorded on RMU's innovative Student Engagement Transcript.

As the department head of English, I welcome you to RMU, and I invite you to participate in our dynamic and welcoming community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sylvia Pamboukian

More information about this department

Programs degree availability
Academic Program - Undergraduate
English Studies B.A. B.A. Available - On Campus
Writing B.A. B.A. Available - On Campus

Department Head

Harold, Phil

Philip J. Harold, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences
412-397-5417
harold@rmu.edu