Why English at CSB/SJU?

Situated on over 3,200 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna, 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 students gain field-specific experience through service learning, internships, independent learning projects and practicums. Faculty work closely with 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.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are two of the nation's best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid, according to The Princeton Review. The College of Saint Benedict is also among the top bachelor's institutions for producing the most Fulbright Students for 2014-15, according to a ranking released Thursday, Feb. 12, by the Institute of International Education for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Our alumni become global citizens, influencing the world as teachers, advocates, writers, doctors, attorneys, editors, publishers, NGO workers, and business leaders.


Jamel Brinkley
September 8, 2019
Gorecki 7 PM

Tarfia Fauizullah November 6-9 Reading
November 8 7 PM Upper Gorecki
Joyce Carol Oates February 17-20 Reading
February 19 7 PM Escher Auditorium
Spencer Reece
Documentary March 25 7 PM Upper Gorecki
Poetry Reading March 26 7 PM Upper Gorecki

Program Overview

The English Department faculty offers students a unique and innovative curriculum. Our 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio gives students the freedom to explore diverse disciplinary offerings such as:

  • Poetry
  • Creative fiction and nonfiction
  • Film studies
  • Editing and publishing
  • Business Writing

We also offer classes that English Departments are traditionally known for - a multitude of timeless classic texts to contemporary multimedia new classics - such as:

  • Voltaire's Candide
  • Absalom!
  • Frankenstein
  • Odysseus
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Seamus Heaney's works
  • John Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Emily Dickinson, and more...

Graduates of the English Department can be found in a variety of places after graduation including Education, writing for online businesses, Sales, Editing and Publishing, the Military and more.