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English Major & Minor

Situated on over 3,200 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savannah, 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

Poet Adam Zagajewski  

Adam visited the CSB/SJU campus and met with our book circle to talk about his books and answer questions. Listen to his Pottery book reading here.

Writer Aine Greaney

Aine Greaney visited CSB/SJU campus March 30, 2016, and visited the Pottery for a discussion on her new book, dance lessons.

Rachel Marston 

Congratulations to Professor Rachel Marston who won a Central MN Arts Board/McKnight Individual Artist Award.

Our Students

Experiential Learning happens during poetry courses as well as other literature courses. Students participate in Experiential Learning both on and off campus.

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Matthew Harkins
Associate Professor and Chair

Lori Moe
Administrative Assistant