Our English program inspires your
creativity|problem solving|story.

What’s your story?

Our flexible English program empowers you to create, analyze, express, and enact your best life story.  Our alumni pursue successful careers in marketing, education, law, medicine, software design, editing and publishing, and more.


Why Study English at CSB/SJU?

  • English cultivates critical thinking. Our students solve interpretive problems and explore how language forms our experience.
  • English fosters beautiful, meaningful, and persuasive writing that can make change happen. 
  • English leads students to see the world from different perspectives expressed in poetry and story from around the globe.

Program Overview

Our English program combines creativity with purpose.  We guide students to write and speak clearly, to think critically, to research effectively, and to apply knowledge to real-world situations.  Our innovative classes include editing and publishing, environmental literature, and medical humanities. We also collaborate with the Literary Arts Institute to bring nationally recognized authors into our classrooms and encourage our students to become authors themselves. As a result, our alumni thrive in a wide variety of careers including editing and publishing, teaching, law, medicine, counseling, software design, and communications and marketing.

Meet the Profs

Teacher-scholars, creative writers, and caring advisors


Hands-on Learning

Student publications, internships, on-campus opportunities

Student Resources

Life as an English Major

Goals, mission and principles

Learning Goals

2022-2023 CSB English Scholarships

Apply today!

Our application for English Department scholarships for the school year 2022-2023 is available NOW through January 30, 2022.

Scholarship Application

If you have any questions, email [email protected].

2022-2023 CSB Creative Writing Prize

Now Available for CSB Students! 

Our application for The Louis A. & Mary Wagner Berger Creative Writing Prize for the school year 2022-2023 is available NOW through January 30, 2022.

  • $1000 scholarship is awarded to the best ORIGINAL WORK OF FICTION by any full-time CSB student.
  • Entries must be previously unpublished, 1,000-3,000 words, double-spaced and typed. Only one entry per student, please.
  • Email entries to [email protected] by January 30, 2022.
  • The winner will be published in Studio One.

If you have any questions, email [email protected].

Why Choose an English Major

Contact the English Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Yvette South
Chair, English Department

Catherine Rupp
Department Coordinator
SJU Quad 355A