The comprehensive purpose of the Marquette University High School English Program is to develop the student's critical faculty to judge the quality of the printed page, to appreciate the human values woven into the fabric of enduring literature, and to cultivate the student's power of expression, both spoken and written, so that he may easily communicate his ideas clearly and imaginatively.

Every MUHS student must take four years of English. The freshman program introduces the student to basic skills and understandings he will need in order to pursue a college preparatory program successfully. Along with the traditional investigation of literature, study of gram­mar and writing of paragraphs and essays, the student learns efficient reading and study habits and library procedures.

The sophomore program is a continuation of the freshman program with the added expectation of greater depth of literary interpretation, study of usage and mechanics, and exten­sive experience in writing expository essays, particularly literary analysis essays and research papers in MLA format. Developing public speaking skill is also emphasized. Literary study focuses on American literature.

In his junior and senior years, the student takes a total of four semester-length courses. All seniors must choose two semester length electives or the year-long Advanced Placement section. All junior and senior courses require the student to demonstrate his refined powers of thought and expression in at least four expository essays each semester.

English Courses

  • English 1
  • American Literature/Composition
  • AP English (Literature and Composition)
  • AP English (Language and Composition)
  • American Hero
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • Expository Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry as Power
  • The Plays of Shakespeare
  • Perspective in Science Fiction
  • World Literature
  • Literature of Great Britain

Department Members

Joseph Cavanaugh

Joseph Costa

Ann Downey

Michael Feely

Class of 1989

Maeve Gavagan

Paul Glembocki

James Kearney

Terrence Kelly

Michael Neubeck

Kyle Pollard

Timothy Prosser

Javier Reyes

Virginia Schauble