English Major

Requirements for the English Major  (40 credits).  *NOTE: These requirements apply to students who began the Fall of 2011 or after.

Hear from one of our faculty, Professor John Kendall


English majors hone the skills that matter most to employers: critical thinking and clear, effective writing about complex issues. The English Major teaches students to read thoughtfully and perceptively, to listen carefully, to analyze critically and to express their ideas logically, clearly and precisely.

Our majors gain knowledge of the chief genres of literature -- poetry, drama, fiction and the essay -- and of literary traditions in English. In our classes, we investigate how cultural productions shape and are shaped by historical and political circumstances; and, through writing and discussion, we examine the values which form literary works and the theories which shape our interpretation.

Our field naturally positions us to offer students practice and experience in undergraduate publishing, book arts, editing and publishing, and emergent modes of expression. Because of our smaller size, we are able to work closely with all of our students, tailoring their paths through the major and advising supplemental projects and courses to best prepare them for careers ahead.  



Majors in our Department

"Being an English Major allows me to follow my passions and participate in campus activities that are oriented to my future."

Tierney Chlan, CSB '15    
Editor of the CSB/SJU Record
Writing Center supervisor/peer tutor