Why Choose English?

"The older I get, the more I realize the power of words and the power of words in making you think...the best CEO's and leaders are extremely good writers and have this ability to articulate and verbalize what they're thinking." -- Bracken Darrell, CEO of Logitech; found on the Business Insider website 

"Parents have always worried when their children become English majors. What is an English major good for? In a way, the best answer has always been, wait and see — an answer that satisfies no one. And yet it is a real answer, one that reflects the versatility of thought and language that comes from studying literature. Former English majors turn up almost anywhere, in almost any career, and they nearly always bring with them a rich sense of the possibilities of language, literary and otherwise." --Verlyn Klinkenborg, in The New York Times

"An English major? To me an English major is someone who has decided, against all kinds of pious, prudent advice and all kinds of fears and resistances, to major, quite simply, in becoming a person." --Mark Edmundson, in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why Choose English at the University of St. Thomas?

A bachelor's degree in English from the University of St. Thomas provides numerous benefits:

  • Our students gain a classic liberal arts education grounded in reading, writing, and critical reasoning skills that lead to success in a wide variety of careers
  • Our students not only achieve a high degree of literacy but also have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through internships
  • Our location in the Twin Cities--a regional center for publishing, writing, theater, and the literary arts--provides opportunities for students to engage with the community and gain valuable vocational skills
  • Working with our outstanding faculty also provides students with one-to-one mentoring opportunities on collaborative and independent research projects
  • Our graduates have been successful in gaining entrance to the most prestigious regional graduate programs in law, literature, and library science
  • Finally, our program not only prepares graduates for exciting careers but also enhances life-long learning by exposing students to the greatest works of literature the world has ever produced. As Matthew Arnold once said, the true aim of education is "to know the best that has been said and thought in the world." 

Typical Skills Developed by English Majors  

  • Reading critically
  • Writing concisely (includes crafting persuasive messages, editing/revising text)
  • Summarizing ideas
  • Effectively managing and organizing information
  • Analyzing and Interpreting data and relating to other areas where necessary
  • Solving intricate problems
  • Thinking creatively