Make connections and think critically within a literary community.
Analyze and compose texts across genres — and wrestle with some of life’s greatest questions — alongside knowledgeable professors who genuinely care about your personal and academic growth. Learn to skillfully utilize the English language to communicate complex concepts through writing. As an English major, you’ll connect with peers through in-class discussion and off-campus gatherings. Your exploration of the liberal arts at SAU will enrich your literary adventures within the English major.
English Major: Alex Anhalt
Before college, Alex knew that he wanted to choose a major that would challenge him to think critically. “I wanted to learn how to think, not just how to write,” he says.
As an English major, Alex enjoys learning from professors who encourage him to think deeply about texts and ideas while allowing him to come to his own conclusions. “The English professors have a way of challenging your perspective that is rooted in how we use language and tell stories,” says Alex.
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As an English student, you’ll likely take several of the following key courses:
- ENG 309 Creative Nonfiction (3)
- ENG 311 Poetry Writing (3)
- ENG 313 Fiction Writing (3)
- ENG 315 Shakespeare (3)
- ENG 329 Early British and Continental Literature (3)
- ENG 333 Bible as Literature (3)
- ENG 352 American Literature: World War II – Present (3)
- ENG 361 English Language (3)
- ENG 420 Major Authors (3) — This course varies from year to year. Recent topics include the Inklings, Medieval Women Authors and Wendell Berry.
- ENG 472 Advanced English Studies (3)
Find a complete list of English courses in the undergraduate catalog.
The English major prepares students for careers in all aspects of word delivery (i.e. writing and editing). Once you receive your English degree, you’ll be equipped to immediately enter into a variety of entry-level positions across a breadth of professional fields. You’ll also have the option of continuing your education through graduate school programs, including those related to philosophy, theology, English as a second language (ESL) and law. 93 percent of SAU’s English majors who graduated between 2015 and 2018 were employed or enrolled in graduate school programs within nine months of graduation.
Your studies in English will prepare you to pursue careers in the following fields:
- International Relations
- Library Science
- Public Relations
- Writing (Creative, Freelance, Technical, etc.)
During your studies at SAU, you’ll have opportunities to make practical application of what you’re learning in class through on (and off) campus programs. Where will you find your niche?
The G.K. Chesterton Society: Join this reading group to discuss Chesterton’s plays, poems, novels, essays and criticism. In good Chestertonian spirit, the G.K. Chesterton Society’s meetings are full of laughter, appreciation, cheese and cookies. They welcome anyone who wants to follow Chesterton in thinking, living and loving with gusto and gratitude.
The Oak Tree Review: Publish your creative works in SAU’s own literary journal — or help oversee the publication process as an editor. Each year, “The Oak Tree Review” sponsors a two poetry readings on campus.
Oxford Scholar’s Semester: Follow the footsteps of C. S. Lewis and the other Inklings while engaging in rigorous study with an Oxford tutor. The Oxford Scholar’s Semester could fulfill your Cross Cultural Studies requirement.
The Pulse: Practice your free speech and show off your writing, editing and/or graphic design skills by joining “The Pulse,” SAU’s student-led news magazine.
Research Assistants: Aid a member of the English department faculty in his or her research endeavors through one of these limited, paid positions.
Undergraduate Research Symposium: Present your research to your peers and professors during this annual event. The top three essays receive a cash prize!
Writer’s Intensive: Eliminate distraction and set to work on a writing project of your choice during this off-campus weekend of writing, workshops and fellowship.
The Writing Center: Nestled in White Library, The Writing Center offers space for students to engage in conversations about all aspects of writing and critical thinking. Serve as a tutor, or stop by to improve your latest essay.
At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As an English student, you’ll learn from the following experienced faculty members:
- Kimberly Moore-Jumonville, Professor of English
- Brent Cline, Professor of English, Director of the E.P. Hart Honors Program
- Jack Baker, Associate Professor of English, Department Chair
- Jeffrey Bilbro, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Writing Center
- Cameron Moore, Assistant Professor of English