English Major & Minor

Situated on over 3,200 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna, and forest, our campuses not only create community but also provide an inspiring location for exploration of the book and the written word with faculty and students from around the world.

The English Major encompasses the study of literatures and literary histories, methods of interpretation, creative and analytical writing, and the cultural contexts in which reading and writing take place. Pursuing this major teaches students to write and speak clearly, to think critically, to research effectively, and to apply knowledge to real-world situations. These skills make English a highly versatile degree, as shown by our alumni--who pursue successful careers in marketing, education, law, medicine, non-governmental organizations, advocacy, speech pathology, editing and publishing, and more. 


Our students gain field-specific experience through service learning, internships, independent learning projects and practicums. Faculty work closely with students to design a course of study suited to their goals, and our small classes foster an energetic environment where students and faculty discuss literature as it relates to contemporary issues, ideas, and our lives.

To ensure the best preparation for our students, our program offers five different degree options.

Why study English at CSB/SJU?

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are two of the nation's best colleges for students seeking great academics, outstanding career preparation, and generous financial aid, according to The Princeton Review. The College of Saint Benedict is also among the top bachelor's institutions for producing the most Fulbright Students for 2014-15, according to a ranking released Thursday, Feb. 12, by the Institute of International Education for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Our alumni become global citizens, influencing the world as teachers, advocates, writers, doctors, attorneys, editors, publishers, NGO workers, and business leaders.


Department Highlights

Spring 2018 Visiting Authors

Kevin Young in residence March 20-22

Public reading on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm Upper Gorecki.

Check out Kevin Young and read his impressive bio. His most recent work Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News is a capacious and incisive work of cultural criticism (also long-listed for the National Book Award in 2017).

John Coy and Gaylord Schanilec in residence April 18-20

John Coy and Gaylord Schanilec will share a reading and presentation on Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm, in the Main TRC Boardroom at CSB, on their collaborative project My Mighty Journey, a book induced by the 12,000-year-long journey of Saint Anthony Falls, the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River, from Saint Paul to Minneapolis — a distance all of ten miles.

Mike Opitz and the Karma Refugees

The Karma Refugees (Mike Opitz, CSBSJU English Department, Tom Daddesio, recently retired professor of Modern Languages, Slippery Rock (PA) University, Caitlin Brutger, CSBSJU, 2011, Brian Heilman,  CSBSJU, 2006 and Mysterious Madame X, CSBSJU, ??) announce the release of their cover of Bob Dylan's "Series of Dreams." The Karma Refugees were formed as a part of Mike Opitz’ Song Writing and Theory Project.  Find the new songs, accompanying blogs, videos and all of the band’s previously released work here.