Students who study English at Saint Louis University explore British, American and
World literary traditions. You will hone your ability to make arguments and analyze
complex problems, as well as learn to communicate in both print and digital formats.
Major in English
Saint Louis University's English curriculum is student-centered, with small classes
to emphasize discussion. This gives you the opportunity to work closely with faculty
members on independent research topics. You’ll also have the option of choosing a
concentration, such as creative writing, rhetoric, writing and technology, or a research-intensive
English program that serves as our honors concentration within the major.
In addition to core classes that will introduce you to major literary periods and
authors, SLU's Department of English offers advanced students specialized courses, such as "Renaissance Drama," "Writing
about Ecology and Nature" and "Public Rhetoric."
Students earning a B.A. in English at SLU must complete 36 credit hours in a range
of introductory, intermediate and advanced-level courses that stress specific areas
of knowledge of English.
After taking one 2000-level literary studies course, students select five courses
at the 3000-level, completing one from each of our four areas of critical emphasis.
They also select one additional course in their area of choice:
Form and genre
History and context
Culture and critique
Rhetoric and argument
Students then select five 4000-level advanced courses and complete the major with
a senior capstone seminar. Six of the 36 credit hours required for the major also
count as core requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.
All courses ask students to write a significant amount of formal and informal critical
analysis. Along with courses in literature — in which writing plays a principal role
— you may also take courses in various genres of creative writing or business and
An internship program supports upper-level English majors who wish to supplement their academic course of
study with an educational work experience.
A degree in English from SLU guarantees a solid foundation for any profession that
requires excellent analytical and communication skills. Graduates from SLU's English
program are employed in business, education, government and nonprofit agencies. Some
students choose to pursue service upon graduation through organizations such as Teach
for America, AmeriCorps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the Peace Corps.
Many graduates from this program also have chosen to attend law school, medical school
or enroll in MBA programs. Others pursue careers in the media or publishing.
Members of SLU’s English faculty have completed their training and degrees at distinguished
research institutions both nationally and abroad. They engage in and advance areas
of inquiry that characterize the discipline of English today.
Minor in English
SLU students can earn minors in English or creative writing. SLU’s minor in English
requires 18 credit hours, including core courses. The creative writing minor requires
15 credit hours of coursework consisting of nine credit hours in creative writing
and six credit hours in literature.
SLU’s English department also partners with the Department of Communication to offer
a certificate in creative and professional writing.
English majors at SLU can participate in our student-edited online literary magazine,
the Kiln Project, which publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and podcasts. SLU’s English
department also publishes a journal of undergraduate scholarly research, VIA, which
features original, critical research projects by students.