Ian Cunningham teaching ARSENAL OF TACTICS: Ian Cunningham, '12, English teacher at Greater Johnstown Middle School, remembers professors JoAnne Kerr and Helen Sitler offering students options, a tactic he now employs. "I left each of my teaching courses with an arsenal of different ways to teach a similar skill," he says.

Write to be read

"No one reads anymore." We hear this all the time. But it's just not true. Today, with the explosion of electronic devices and spaces, people are reading and writing in more ways than ever before. We're communicating 24/7.

That's why those who are skilled and trained in reading, writing, and analyzing text are in high demand. With an English degree from IUP, you'll gain the skills to meet that demand, navigate the world of information delivery, and communicate your thoughts effectivelya proven path toward success and leadership.


With a BA in English from IUP, you can pursue careers in:

  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Law
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Film
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Theater

With a BS in English Education, you can:

  • Teach secondary English in Pennsylvania and 33 other states
  • (Pursue other related English professional pursuits such as the options above)

The path to higher degrees

With a BA in English, you'll be perfectly positioned to pursue these higher degrees:

  • MA in English
  • MA in literature
  • MA in composition
  • MA in English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • JD in law
  • MA in journalism
  • MA in teaching English
  • MFA in creative writing