Study English Literature in Philadelphia

Learn to think and write with clarity and imagination, conduct research and live an innovative life. Study under outstanding faculty in a world-class city for the arts - Philadelphia.

Study English in Philadelphia

Literature, the practice of writing, and the analysis of language foster attentiveness and mental agility by presenting us with complex perspectives on social and artistic movements, historical events, cultural phenomena, and communication patterns.

Why Study English?

Powerful, persuasive writing, sharp analytic skills and creative, flexible thinking are essential abilities for tomorrow’s leaders and professionals. The English major cultivates these abilities through the study of the literatures, language, and cultures of the United States, Britain, the English-speaking world, and beyond.

Visit the First Year Writing Program Website to learn more about your introduction to college-level reading, writing and thinking!

Academic Offerings


Study Creative Writing

Prominent and award-winning writers lead Temple’s Creative Writing program - students work closely with faculty to become better writers and readers.

Study Abroad in Rome

Taught in English, the Rome seminar entails intensive class work, field trips and guest lectures using Rome extensively as a resource. The Rome Seminar in Art and Culture for graduate students is offered in the Summer term.

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty come from many backgrounds and are committed to teaching students to think and write with clarity, think deeply and innovatively and to conduct research with curiosity and attention to detail. We prepare our students to engage the world knowledgeably and effectively, so that they may go on to lead rich lives as professionals, members of their communities, and global citizens.