The study of literature is a thought-provoking journey into the intellectual and spiritual world of ideas. Fiction, poetry, drama, and essays from many historical periods and world cultures expose students to the great range and depth of human experience.
Both analytical and creative approaches to writing are offered. Classes are small and discussion-centered. The most important part of our jobs is teaching, and we professors work closely with students. Through a variety of writing assignments, oral presentations, and self- generated class projects, students develop the analytical skill of critical thinking, the ability to make creative connections between ideas, and the expertise of translating these skills into writing.
Training in English is a valuable preparation for many professional areas, such as education, communications, publishing, advertising, business, marketing, computer information services, library sciences, law, and pre-med. The English and Education programs work closely together to train prospective teachers. In short, the English program prepares students for a rapidly changing world where communication skills, combined with knowledge of technology, are in high demand.
Recent graduates have found jobs in teaching, desktop publishing, public relations, technical writing, employee recruitment, or have gone on to graduate school in various areas: English, American studies, Library Sciences, Education Administration, and Business Finance.
All English Majors (teaching and non-teaching) and Minors: The student working toward a major or minor in English is subject to a reevaluation each year. A grade of C or above is required in all English courses used toward a major or minor in English. A minimum of 15 credit hours in English must be taken at College of Saint Mary for a major or an endorsement in secondary education.
The English major is divided into two areas of concentration:
- Writing and Literature: a traditional English major, preparation for graduate or professional school.
- Education: English Endorsement as preparation for teaching English and Language Arts in middle and secondary schools.
Language Arts Field Endorsement: This is a separate Academic Program, administered by the English and Education Programs.
Degrees and Certificates
English - Writing and English Literature, B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
English Language Arts Secondary Education, B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
Language Arts - With Reading-Writing Subject Endorsement, B.A.,Bachelor of Arts
Middle School Language Arts Endorsement,Bachelor of Arts
Creative Writing Minor,Minor