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English, B.A. (Madrid)

Words matter. English majors at SLU-Madrid gain in-depth knowledge of the richly varied forms of British, American and world literature written in English. Our graduates have an increased intercultural awareness and strong research, analytic and communication skills that prepare them for a wide range of professions.

English at SLU-Madrid

Major in English

At Saint Louis University, you’ll complete coursework in every area of English including British and American literatures, postcolonial literature, literary theory, fantasy, film, gender and race, rhetoric, language study, professional writing and creative writing.

In addition to established courses in major periods and famous authors, English faculty members offer special courses on significant themes, theories and topics that vary each semester.

Writing is central in every part of the University's English program, both as the medium through which we hone our ability to reflect upon what we read and as a subject in its own right. Thus, along with courses in literature, in which writing plays a principal role, you may take courses in various genres of creative writing and professional writing. These courses can enhance both personal creativity and professional competence.

Highlighted Courses

Our English major consists of 120 credit hours of coursework, including the Arts and Sciences Core literature requirements. You’ll be required to take:

  • One English course at the 2000-level (three credit hours)
  • Five English courses at the 3000-level (15 credit hours), with one course selected from each of the following areas:
    • Culture and Critique
    • Form and Genre
    • History and Context
    • Rhetoric and Argumentation
  • Five English courses at the 4000-level (15 credit hours)
  • ENGL 4940: Senior Seminar (three credits hours)
Internships and Careers

The English major is excellent preparation for graduate work in English and teaching. It also prepares students for a wide range of professions that require strong analytic, research, and writing skills, such as editing, law, medicine and journalism. Studying literature fosters emotional intelligence, empathy and strong communication skills — assets in life, as well as any career.

The English major or minor is an excellent complement to a degree in business, engineering, political science or psychology. It demonstrates cultural and linguistic proficiency for non-native speakers seeking work in English-speaking environments.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To become an English major at SLU-Madrid, you’ll be required to have at least a 2.0 cumulative average and complete a declaration of major form, available in the Office of the Registrar. The application and your academic record will then submitted to the Department of English, and upon acceptance to the program, you’ll be assigned a departmental advisor.

Minor in English

The English minor complements every degree program offered at SLU-Madrid. Minors hone their verbal communication skills through extensive practice in writing as well as engaging with the literary masterpieces of the English language.

The minor in English requires 18 credit hours of coursework:

  • One 2000-level course (three credit hours)
  • Three 3000-level courses (nine credit hours) to be chosen from three of the following four areas:
    • Culture and Critique (three credit hours)
      • ENGL 3500: Literature of the Postcolonial World
      • ENGL 3560: Ethnic American Literature
      • ENGL 3600: Women in Literature
      • ENGL 3610: The City in American Literature and Culture
    • Form and Genre (three credit hours)
      • ENGL 3060: Creative Writing: Fiction
      • ENGL 3220: Film and Literature
    • History and Context (three credit hours)
      • ENGL 3250: British Literary Traditions to 1800
      • ENGL 3260: British Literary Traditions after 1800
      • ENGL 3310: World Literary Traditions I
      • ENGL 3350: Selected Major British Authors
    • Rhetoric and Argumentation (three credit hours)
      • ENGL 3760: Topics in Rhetorical Analysis
  • Any two English courses at the 4000-level (six credit hours)

One 2000-level and one 3000-level course simultaneously fulfill the liberal arts core requirements.

Travel Opportunities

Visit Sites Featured in European Literature

Enjoy the major bonus of studying English in a major European travel hub. After you finish reading St. Teresa’s autobiography, spend a day visiting landmark sites from her life in the village of Ávila with your ENGL 2350: Faith, Doubt and Literature class. Head off to London with your ENGL 4310: Early Shakespeare class to tour the Globe Theatre and attend a Royal Shakespeare Company production. At SLU-Madrid, you’ll encounter exceptional opportunity for learning experiences beyond the classroom.