Why English at CSB/SJU?

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.

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.

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 institutions for producing the most undergraduate 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.

LITERARY ARTS INSTITUTE VISITING AUTHORS 2020

The Literary Arts Institute will host author Marie Mutsuki Mockett Fall 2020. 

Marie was born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and American father, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

Her memoir, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye, explores how the Japanese cope with grief and tragedy and is set against the backdrop of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Tōhoku, Japan and her family’s 350 year old Buddhist temple. 

Her forthcoming book, “American Harvest,” is set in seven agricultural and heartland states, and will be published by Graywolf Press on April 7, 2020; “American Harvest” was a finalist for the Lukas Prize for Nonfiction. (Formerly titled “A Kernel in God’s Eye.”)

Announcement of Manitou Fellowships for Summer 2021

Nine CSB/SJU undergraduates will be awarded Manitou Fellowships, which include a $7,500 stipend and campus housing.  The fellowships will allow students concentrate on their writing without taking on additional summer employment. Students will work with three different authors over the course of the summer.  Please read here for further information.