Maj
Min

English

About

In the English Department at Saint Michael’s College, we study literature both as art (the aesthetic representation of human nature and culture) and as artifact (a record of human nature and culture). From introductory seminars on the New Yorker and Road Trips to senior seminars on Monsters and Endings, we offer courses that encourage students to examine themselves, encounter difference, and embrace complexity within communities of other readers and writers. Our eclectic department is composed of thoughtful, passionate teachers, and our courses are dynamic, engaging, and challenging.

Sample 4 Year Plan

Fall

EN 110 Seminar in Literary Studies
First Year Seminar
Liberal Studies courses

Spring

Liberal Studies courses

Fall

EN 219 British Literature I
EN 251 American Literature I
Liberal Studies course
Elective

Spring

EN 221 British Literature II
EN 253 American Literature II
Liberal Studies course
Elective

Fall

EN 325 Critical Theory
English electives
Junior Seminar

Spring

English electives
Electives

Fall

EN 410 English Senior Survey
English electives
Electives

Spring

English electives
Electives

In-Depth

Our department offers courses in British, American, and world literatures, as well as writing and film. The ten courses of the major follow a natural pattern, from an introductory seminar (EN 110) through several survey courses and into Critical Theory (EN 325) and a choice of upper-level courses, culminating with a senior seminar (EN 410). All courses foster critical thinking through writing and discussion. Majors must maintain a high level of written expression and will be expected to learn and use the skills of literary scholarship. The Department also offers two minors: one in literature and the other in creative writing, each requiring five courses. The Creative Writing minor allows students to study literature “from the inside out,” as writers of it, but fosters the same critical thinking, writing, and discussion skills as the major and the literature minor.

Our upper-level, special topics courses explore a theme in depth that you may have otherwise never known to exist. Some examples:

  • Beauty and Desire in the Postmodern American Novel
  • Milton
  • The Blues
  • Monsters
  • Other Worlds, Other Minds: Knowledge and Vision in Modern Literature, Art, and Film
  • Tolkien
  • Myth, Metaphor, and Metamorphosis
  • Digital Literature
  • The Horror
  • Melancholy
  • Teaching Writing
  • Wordplay

English Learning Outcomes

Special Opportunities

  • English students edit The Onion River Review, an annual literary journal featuring poetry, prose, and visual arts by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community. The Onion River Review hosts open readings throughout the school year, as well.
  • The department hosts a reading series that includes the John Engels Memorial Reading held annually. Each year the English department invites writers to campus to share their work with the Saint Michael’s community.
  • A number of English majors work as coaches at the Writing Center, which offers students free help with writing.
  • Saint Michael’s English majors can apply for summer grants to work with faculty members on extended projects.
  • English majors can pursue internships based on their interests as part of their educational experience.

Careers

After graduation, English majors go on to careers in:

  • College, High School, and Elementary Education
  • Writing + Editing
  • Marketing + Communications
  • Special Education
  • Law
  • Customer Service
  • Counseling
  • Project Management

Our English graduates have used their background for jobs and careers in many fields.  Especially because we emphasize critical thinking and written communication, our English graduates are well prepared for jobs and careers in many fields upon graduation. They have also gone on to teach at all levels, and have pursued graduate studies in many areas, including law, environmental science, and music. Anyone seeking a solid liberal arts background on which to build a future will find exactly that in the English major.

In-Depth

Our department offers courses in British, American, and world literatures, as well as writing and film. The ten courses of the major follow a natural pattern, from an introductory seminar (EN 110) through several survey courses and into Critical Theory (EN 325) and a choice of upper-level courses, culminating with a senior seminar (EN 410). All courses foster critical thinking through writing and discussion. Majors must maintain a high level of written expression and will be expected to learn and use the skills of literary scholarship. The Department also offers two minors: one in literature and the other in creative writing, each requiring five courses. The Creative Writing minor allows students to study literature “from the inside out,” as writers of it, but fosters the same critical thinking, writing, and discussion skills as the major and the literature minor.

Our upper-level, special topics courses explore a theme in depth that you may have otherwise never known to exist. Some examples:

  • Beauty and Desire in the Postmodern American Novel
  • Milton
  • The Blues
  • Monsters
  • Other Worlds, Other Minds: Knowledge and Vision in Modern Literature, Art, and Film
  • Tolkien
  • Myth, Metaphor, and Metamorphosis
  • Digital Literature
  • The Horror
  • Melancholy
  • Teaching Writing
  • Wordplay

English Learning Outcomes

Special Opportunities

  • English students edit The Onion River Review, an annual literary journal featuring poetry, prose, and visual arts by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater community. The Onion River Review hosts open readings throughout the school year, as well.
  • The department hosts a reading series that includes the John Engels Memorial Reading held annually. Each year the English department invites writers to campus to share their work with the Saint Michael’s community.
  • A number of English majors work as coaches at the Writing Center, which offers students free help with writing.
  • Saint Michael’s English majors can apply for summer grants to work with faculty members on extended projects.
  • English majors can pursue internships based on their interests as part of their educational experience.

Careers

After graduation, English majors go on to careers in:

  • College, High School, and Elementary Education
  • Writing + Editing
  • Marketing + Communications
  • Special Education
  • Law
  • Customer Service
  • Counseling
  • Project Management

Our English graduates have used their background for jobs and careers in many fields.  Especially because we emphasize critical thinking and written communication, our English graduates are well prepared for jobs and careers in many fields upon graduation. They have also gone on to teach at all levels, and have pursued graduate studies in many areas, including law, environmental science, and music. Anyone seeking a solid liberal arts background on which to build a future will find exactly that in the English major.