Department of English

Department of English

Literature celebrates the diversity of human imagination and human concerns. Writing is the beginning of that literature. In our Department of English, you’ll develop a clear and effective writing style while exploring critical inquiry, independent thought, and broadening and deepening your imaginative capacities.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English literature, English writing, or a double major in both English literature and writing. In addition to a range of electives, the department offers support for internships, publications to publish your writing, and writing awards.


The faculty in the Department of English is comprised of accomplished authors and scholars who match their passion for writing and literature with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of research and publication include postcolonial studies, women’s writing, American ecopoetry, the British novel, manuscript studies, Shakespearean performance, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.


You’ll find our English alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the University of Connecticut, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Notre Dame. Other students go directly to employment, a number of them beginning careers in publishing. With a degree in English, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.