Literature celebrates the diversity of the human imagination and the expressive resources of language. It delves into the most fundamental human concerns: the relationship between individuals and their communities, the complexities of moral choice, the climates of the heart and soul. With a major in English, you gain the ability to read and comprehend diverse material and to express yourself well and persuasively in both the written and spoken word.
"Professionally, Saint Mary's gave me the courage to take my passion for literature and learning and make it into my vocation. Personally, I created a family during the four years I spent on campus. My friends, mentors and employers did not end their involvement in my life on commencement day. Rather, we've kept in contact, talking about our respective projects and plans, and continuing to extend our community into the lives of our growing families." —Jennifer Warfel '06
Writing in the Major
Two teachers other than your class teacher will read your complete portfolio of writings, concentrating on three sample papers. Your writing should be well organized and focused, logical and coherent, technically correct, and cognizant of the complexities of the issues in the content material.
Senior Comprehensive Examination
Successful completion of ENLT 495 Senior Literature Seminar satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement for the English Literature major. Successful completion of ENWR 495 Senior Writing Project satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement for the English Writing major.
The English program is designed with small classes to keep discussions open and ideas flowing. Class discussion is the preferred route toward critical, theoretical, and historical understanding. Emphasis is also placed on gaining real experience through internships. In addition to giving you an idea of how the workplace operates, internships provide you with a competitive edge when seeking employment.
An English degree helps you develop the analytical and communication skills that both employers and advanced-degree professional programs highly prize. According to research by the Modern Language Association , an English major is the best preparation for careers in diverse fields: teaching, publishing, editing, service, law, medicine, business, management, journalism, communications, and others.