The English Writing undergraduate major at the University of Pittsburgh reflects the traditional goals of a liberal arts education: to develop a broad critical and historical understanding of influential cultural traditions and to foster a range of reading and writing strategies as well as skills of critical analysis. It prepares students directly for careers in teaching or writing, but the skills and knowledge it imparts are widely useful in numerous business and professional settings.

An English major is highly regarded, for example, as a pre-professional major for further training in law, medicine, or business. The English Writing graduate program is a three-year degree providing students with the time and opportunity to produce a book-length final manuscript. Our graduate writing faculty have distinguished nationally and internationally through numerous publications and awards.