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Programs in English

At Saint Louis University, you will encounter courses that span the full experience of works in the English language — from Old Norse to Mark Twain and Gertrude Stein, and from Chaucer and Shakespeare to contemporary and post-colonial writing.

Undergraduate English Programs

If you study English at Saint Louis University, you will hone your ability to make arguments and analyze complex problems, as well as learn to communicate creatively and effectively in both print and digital formats.

B.A. in English

Courses and Optional Concentrations in English 

Undergraduate Minor in English or Creative Writing

Undergraduate Minor in Creative and Professional Writing 

Director: Jennifer Rust, Ph.D

Graduate English Programs 

Saint Louis University’s Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs in English provide scholarly training in language and literature, with courses covering a diverse range of subjects from Old Norse to contemporary writing.

M.A. in English 

Ph.D. in English

Acting Director: Joya Uraizee, Ph.D.

Access to Special Collections

Saint Louis University Library's Department of Special Collections makes available a wide array of rare and unique original source materials for study and research. Within the collections are the papers of Walter Ong, a founder in the field of literacy and orality studies, and thousands of volumes from the 15th century onward, with strong holdings in Catholic and Jesuit authors and subjects.

The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library holds thousands of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts on microfilm, mostly from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, but from other libraries as well. The library maintains an extensive reference collection to support the study of manuscripts and their texts, and also offers a research fellowship program and holds an annual conference on medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.