Director: Ellen Crowell, Ph.D.
English majors study original works of fiction - and non-fiction - and learn how to write compelling arguments about those works. The SLU Department of English, like many English departments, not only teaches courses on major authors and in major periods of British and American literature but is also home to creative writing, rhetoric, critical theory, postcolonial literature, African-American writing, native American writing, gender and sexuality, and the history of the English language. We also teach new and emergent areas of the discipline: film, new media, ecocriticism, literature and technology, business and professional writing, literature and pedagogy Through the study of language, literature, and film, students understand cultural values and meanings; they understand persuasive argumentation; they develop analytical thinking and effective writing skills; they learn about literary forms, literary genres, and literary history (the characteristics of, for example, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Victorian periods, as well as the differences between them; literary and artistic movements such as Romanticism and Modernism); they appreciate human creativity; they engage imaginatively with the experiences of diverse people from different times and cultures.
Director: Devin Johnston, Ph.D.
A student planning to major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis may wish to take an Introductory Creative Writing course (ENGL 304-309) as part of the core literature requirement. No course taken to fulfill the core literature requirement can count toward the major requirement.
The requirements for the English major with emphasis in Creative Writing are the same as those for the English major; students who wish to major in English with a Creative Writing emphasis must fulfill the fifteen hours of Area Requirements and take ENGL 494, the senior seminar. Each student is required to submit a portfolio of representative work for assessment prior to graduation. For this emphasis, student's elective courses are replaced by twelve hours of coursework in creative writing, chosen from:
ENGL 304 Writing Literacy Narratives
ENGL 305 Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 306 Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 307 Creative Writing: Drama
ENGL 308 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
ENGL 309 Creative Writing: Poetry and Translation
ENGL 405 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 406 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 407 Advanced Creative Writing: Drama
ENGL 408 Advanced Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
ENGL 409 Advanced Creative Writing: Special Topics
ENGL 412 Language Studies: Special Topics
Director: Janice McIntire-Strasburg, Ph.D.
Our lives are increasingly lived across electronic networks powered by digital technology. We connect through social networks via smart phones, laptops, and tablets. We access universes of information in minutes. We can publish words, pictures, video and audio to worldwide audiences with the click of a button. In this new media world, writing is more important than ever before. So too is rhetoric, the art of crafting an appeal for a particular audience. The English Department's Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology (RWT) emphasis teaches students to work effectively and ethically in digital environments. What is the impact of new media technologies on the composition of and distribution of texts? How does the electronic word change persuasion? How do these technologies cultivate identity, expertise, and ethics? RWT explores these questions and more. It also puts a premium on production. In RWT, invention complements analysis: students not only study, they also create.
Coursework in Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology dovetails with a variety of majors, minors and courses of study across the university: Communication, Health Management, Entrepreneurship, Business, Marketing, Pre-Law, and Environmental Studies. RWT's focus on the public writing and rhetoric likewise fits with Saint Louis University's Jesuit mission of service to humanity.
Director: Ellen Crowell, Ph.D.
The Department of English invites advanced students (Junior status or above) to apply for our selective Research Intensive English concentration. This track within the major, which admits a maximum cohort of 12 English majors per academic year, offers our most talented majors opportunities for pursuing literary and rhetorical studies in smaller, more rigorous settings. Research Intensive students must take at least 2 Research Intensive Seminars (while maintaining a 3.75 or higher GPA in English) and must complete a Senior research project in either the fall or the spring semester of their senior year. Students will graduate with the Research Intensive designation, and will leave our program well prepared for advanced study in English.
Research Intensive Seminar Descriptions