Bachelor of Arts English
The 21st century has proven that critical thinking is more necessary than ever. A degree in English provides you with the historical breadth and contextual depth of language and literature, equipping you with the comparative abilities to excel in both your professional and personal life.
All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.
100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.
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Major: 40 credits
Minor: 20 credits
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
ENG 2000 – Introduction to English Studies
This seminar offers prospective or recently declared English majors and minors a singular opportunity for discussion with like-minded students. In this required, foundational course, you will be introduced to the skills that characterize literary studies: rigorous close reading of texts in different genres, a critical vocabulary for further work in the field, and familiarity with the major theoretical approaches to literature (New Historicist, feminist, and deconstructivist, for example) as well as the development of their practical applications. You will also learn and employ basic literary research tools. The English Department recommends that you enroll in this required gateway course as a freshman or sophomore. (Please note that this course does not fulfill any of the General Education Pathways.)
ENG 2250 –
ENG 2251 –
ENG 2252 –
ENG 3300 – Creative Writing: Fiction and Nonfiction
Explores the reading of appropriate fiction and writing of short weekly pieces and a final short story. The class includes presentations on technique. Students need not be English majors. Work from this class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.
ENG 3301 – Creative Writing: Poetry
Explores the reading and discussion of poetry to learn technique from published poets. A final portfolio of poetry required which will include students’ choice of their best work. Students need not be English majors. Work from class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.
ENG 3310 –
ENG 3311 –
ENG 3320 –
ENG 3321 –
ENG 3360 –
ENG 3362 –
While internships are not required for the English major, a number of students have completed internships at local publications such as New Moon Magazine, The Senior Reporter, Woman Today and the English Department’s own Freshwater Review.
The Freshwater Review is The College of St. Scholastica’s student-run annual journal of literature and art. The Freshwater Review boasts one of the nation’s only fee-free literary contests (The Rose Warner Prizes) and an acceptance rate of less than 3%.
Employers place considerable value on the ability to communicate effectively and to solve problems. Perhaps the most valuable benefit from a degree in English is the versatility it provides for future career paths. Graduates can find employment in such exciting career fields as business, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, education, writing and publishing. Graduates of our program have developed rewarding careers in business, education, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, library-information services, government service, writing and publishing, philanthropy, and even medicine and medical research. CSS English majors have also gone on to pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines at distinguished institutions across the country and in the United Kingdom.
Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.
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