Students who study English at Saint Louis University explore British, American and World literary traditions. You will hone your ability to make arguments and analyze complex problems, as well as learn to communicate in both print and digital formats.

Major in English

Saint Louis University's English curriculum is student-centered, with small classes to emphasize discussion. This gives you the opportunity to work closely with faculty members on independent research topics. You’ll also have the option of choosing a concentration, such as creative writing, rhetoric, writing and technology, or a research-intensive English program that serves as our honors concentration within the major.

In addition to core classes that will introduce you to major literary periods and authors, SLU's Department of  English offers advanced students specialized courses, such as "Renaissance Drama," "Writing about Ecology and Nature" and "Public Rhetoric."  

Students earning a B.A. in English at SLU must complete 36 credit hours in a range of introductory, intermediate and advanced-level courses that stress specific areas of knowledge of English.

After taking one 2000-level literary studies course, students select five courses at the 3000-level, completing one from each of our four areas of critical emphasis. They also select one additional course in their area of choice:

  • Form and genre
  • History and context
  • Culture and critique
  • Rhetoric and argument

Students then select five 4000-level advanced courses and complete the major with a senior capstone seminar. Six of the 36 credit hours required for the major also count as core requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

All courses ask students to write a significant amount of formal and informal critical analysis. Along with courses in literature — in which writing plays a principal role — you may also take courses in various genres of creative writing or business and professional writing.

Highlighted Courses
  • ENGL 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research
  • ENGL 2250: Gender, Identity and Literature
  • ENGL 2350: Faith, Doubt and Literature
  • ENGL 2750: Film, Culture and Literature
  • ENGL 3470: Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENGL 3540: Literature of the African Diaspora
Internships and Careers

An internship program supports upper-level English majors who wish to supplement their academic course of study with an educational work experience.

A degree in English from SLU guarantees a solid foundation for any profession that requires excellent analytical and communication skills. Graduates from SLU's English program are employed in business, education, government and nonprofit agencies. Some students choose to pursue service upon graduation through organizations such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps or the Peace Corps.

Many graduates from this program also have chosen to attend law school, medical school or enroll in MBA programs. Others pursue careers  in the media or publishing.


Members of SLU’s English faculty have completed their training and degrees at distinguished research institutions both nationally and abroad. They engage in and advance areas of inquiry that characterize the discipline of English today.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in English

SLU students can earn minors in English or creative writing. SLU’s minor in English requires 18 credit hours, including core courses. The creative writing minor requires 15 credit hours of coursework consisting of nine credit hours in creative writing and six credit hours in literature.

SLU’s English department also partners with the Department of Communication to offer a certificate in creative and professional writing.

On-Campus Resources

Opportunities for Publication

English majors at SLU can participate in our student-edited online literary magazine, the Kiln Project, which publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and podcasts. SLU’s English department also publishes a journal of undergraduate scholarly research, VIA, which features original, critical research projects by students.