Resource Guide

Tools to help English majors and minors.


English Department

The English Major encompasses the study of literatures and literary histories, methods of interpretation, creative and analytical writing, and the cultural contexts in which reading and writing take place. Situated on over 3,200 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savannah, and forest, our campuses not only create community but also provide an inspiring location for exploration of the book and the written word with faculty and students from around the world.



Our program offers five different degree options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
  • Concentration in English - Communication Arts/Literature for 5-12 Education Licensure
  • Minor in English
  • Minor in Writing

Our students gain field-specific experience through service learning, internships, independent learning projects, and practicums. Faculty work closely wih students to design a course of study suited to their goals, and our small classes foster an energetic environment where students and faculty discuss literature as it relates to contemporary issues, ideas, and our lives.

Department Highlights

Outstanding speaking, writing, reading, and critical thinking skills lead our students to success. Recent majors have accepted internships worldwide in places like Guatemala, Bahamas, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and China. English majors have won the Minnesota Public Radio Gary Eichten News Fellowship and served in volunteer programs like Teach for America.

The Literary Arts Institute at CSB/SJU brings nationally-recognized authors to these campuses through Writers Writing. Additionally, the Writers at Home program is a unique partnership with the Office for Education Abroad (OEA) that brings CSB/SJU study abroad students together with writers from their host country.

Our alumni become global citizens, influencing the world as teachers, advocates, writers, doctors, attorneys, editors, publishers, NGO workers, and business leaders.  Read more alumni profiles here.


Our Students

Student Heather Beckius, class of 2014, talks about CSB/SJU and life after graduation.

Our Faculty

Chris Bolin interviewed by StarTribune.

Contact Us

Matthew Harkins, Ph.D.
Department Chair
(320) 363-3217

Lori Moe
Administrative Assistant
(320) 363-3552