ENGLISH (ENGL)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) 333, (651) 962-5600
Easley (chair), An, Batt, Bouwman, Callaway, Chowdhury, Craft-Fairchild, Herrera, James, Larson, Lawrence, Li, MacKenzie, Miller, Muse, Pane, Sanchez, Scheurer, Tankersley, Wilkinson, Zebuhr

English Department Web Site

In the English program at St. Thomas, students find joy in studying literature and writing while honing their skills as critical and creative thinkers. They work will top-notch faculty who are master teachers and engaged scholars. Mentoring students is the keystone of our department.

Our graduates have excellent job placement rates in the fields of editing, publishing, marketing, business, and communication. Their success reflects broader trends in the labor market. In fact, graduates with bachelor's degrees in English earn salaries comparable to several other majors, including business management and public policy (US Census, 2018 American Community Survey). At St. Thomas, English majors have opportunities to gain practical experience through tutoring, participating in internships, engaging in collaborative research with faculty, and editing our literary magazine, the Summit Avenue Review. Our students have high rates of acceptance into law school and other graduate programs.

We offer undergraduate specializations in Creative Writing, Literature & Writing, Professional Writing, and English Education, as well as minors in English and Narrative Medicine. Students can also apply for admission to our accelerated BA/MA Program, which enables them to receive both degrees in five years. A major, co-major, or minor in English signals to employers that graduates have advanced communication skills and can solve problems creatively. These are exactly the skills that are most prized by employers in the modern workplace (National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook Survey, 2023). 

The Department of English offers four concentrations. 

  1. The Major in English with a Literature and Writing Emphasis provides students with broad exposure to literature in historical contexts, within and across national traditions and theoretical frameworks, and in relation to other intellectual and artistic disciplines, along with writing for scholarly and professional purposes in both traditional and digital forms.
  2. The Major in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis gives students a foundation of study in literary history and genre along with a sequence of writing courses focused on poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and other creative writing genres in both traditional and digital forms.
  3. The Major in English with a Professional Writing Emphasis gives students a foundation of study in rhetorical concepts and the ethics, methods, and genres of professional writing. They gain instruction and practice in writing in a wide range of genres and media, and for purposes and audiences within organizational settings such as nonprofits, for-profits, government, and grassroots organizations.
  4. The Major in English with a Secondary Education Emphasis (5-12) prepares students for teaching middle and secondary school through coursework in literature, linguistics, writing, and writing pedagogy. This major also requires additional coursework from the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Communication Studies. Successful completion of these requirements will lead to eligibility for a 5-12 Communication Arts and Literature license in the state of Minnesota.

In addition to its four major concentrations, the department also offers 16-credit minors in (1) English and (2) Narrative Medicine.

The four major concentration areas consist of 44 credits each, including the core curriculum English course. The department offers courses for non-majors to fulfill various core areas, including Integrations in the Humanities; Global Perspectives; Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice; and Signature Work.

English majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad. Specific courses taken abroad may substitute for St. Thomas requirements. See the chair of the department, a study abroad advisor in the Office of Study Abroad, or International & Off-Campus Programs in the front section of this catalog for program options.

English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, brings together students and faculty with a love of literature, language, and writing; it sponsors a variety of scholarships, holds regional and national conventions, and provides a forum for both creative and critical writing. Students who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship, and have completed at least three semesters of college are eligible to apply for membership.

Major in English

  • ENGL 121: Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing (4 credits)
    or ENGL 190 Advanced Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing (4 credits)*

* Open to students with qualifying standardized test scores or high school GPA.

  • ENGL 280: Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 481 or ENGL 482: Capstone Seminar (4 credits)

In addition to the above courses, students must also select courses that fulfill the following Approaches and Methods and Area Literature requirements.  Some courses may count for both an Approaches and Methods and an Area Literature requirement.

  • Select an Emphasis in:
    • Literature and Writing
    • Creative Writing
    • Professional Writing

All English majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. Students should take 16 credits in literature, chosen from among the following:  211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 297, 324, 325, 327, 334, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, 395.  A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas.


Major in English: Creative Writing Emphasis

32 credits

Sixteen credits from the following writing courses: 

  • ENGL 255Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 405 Advanced Poetry, Fiction, or Creative Nonfiction Writing (4 credits)**
  • ENGL 421 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part I (2 credits)**
  • ENGL 422 Literary Magazine Practicum, Part II (2 credits)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 255
**Prerequisite: ENGL 321, 322, 323

Note: The creative writing sequence normally includes: 

  • first – ENGL 255
  • then – ENGL 321 and/or ENGL 322 and/or 323 and/or ENGL 326
  • then – ENGL 405

Plus:

Four credits from Historical Perspectives
  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 222 Catholic Literary Tradition (4 credits)
Four credits from the following Genre Studies Courses
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme (4 credits) [some sections and topics only]
  • ENGL 327 Major Literary Genres (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context (4 credits) [some sections and topics only]
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture (4 credits) [some sections and topics only]
Four credits from the following Literature Courses
  • ENGL 211 or above (includes ENGL 211, 212, 214, 215, 217, 218, 220, 221, 222, 255, 297, 324, 325, 327, 334, 337, 341, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 390, and 395).
Eight Elective ENGL Courses
  • Any ENGL class not taken above
Course-Level Requirements
  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299 (note: 4 of these credits must be from ENGL 280)
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399
  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

All English with creative writing emphasis majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas.


Major in English: Literature and Writing Emphasis

Approaches and Methods Requirements:

Four credits of Historical Perspectives
  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Women in Literature: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition (4 credits)
  • ENGL 222 Catholic Literary Tradition (4 credits)
Four credits of Contexts and Convergences
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 334 Literature from a Christian Perspective (4 credits)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 Romantic Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 366 Victorian Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 367 Twentieth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 372 Modern American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 373 Contemporary American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context [some section and topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
Four credits in Genre Study
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Imaginative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 324 Genre Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 325 Special Studies in Genre, Region, or Theme [some sections or topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 327 Major Literary Genres (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context [some sections and topics only] (4 credits
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)

*Prerequisite: ENGL 255

Four credits in Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 305 Linguistics (4 credits)
  • ENGL 311 Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism (4 credits)
  • ENGL 315 Topics in Professional Writing (4 credits)

Area literature requirements:

Four credits in Early American Literature
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 370 Colonial and Early American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 371 Nineteenth-Century American Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context  [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
Four credits in Early British Literature
  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 360 Chaucer and the Medieval Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
  • ENGL 362 Milton and Seventeenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 364 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 365 Romantic Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context [some section and topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
Four credits in Diversity Literature
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature, Language, and Culture [some sections and topics only] (4 credits)

Major in English with Professional Writing Emphasis

36 credits

  • ENGL 256 Introduction to Professional Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 280 Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 350 Tech Writing: Practice & Rsrch (4 credits)
  • ENGL 482 Capstone Seminar: Pre-Professional Emphasis (4 credits)
Eight credits from the following Professional Writing courses
  • ENGL 304 Analytical and Persuasive Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 314 Professional Editing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 315 Topics in Professional Writing (4 credits) (Credit may be earned more than once for different emphases.)
Four credits in Diversity Literature
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
  • ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits)
  • ENGL 337 The Literature of Human Diversity (4 credits)
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions (4 credits)
  • ENGL 390 Major Literary Figures in Context (4 credits, select sections only)
  • ENGL 395 Issues in Literature and Culture (4 credits, select sections only)
Four credits in Creative Writing
  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 321 Writing Poetry (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 322 Writing Fiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 323 Writing Creative Nonfiction (4 credits)*
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing (4 credits)*

*Prerequisite: ENGL 255 

Four Elective Credits from any of the Following or an Appropriate Course of the Student's Choice Approved by the Department Chair

  • ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)
  • COMM 212 Communication Criticism (4 credits)
  • COMM 320 Organizational Communication (4 credits)
  • COMM 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • DIMA 232 Visual Media Theory & Practice
  • ENTR 340 Social Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
  • JPST 250 Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies (4 credits)
  • MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing (2 credits)
  • MKTG 201 Application in Marketing (2 credits)
  • SOCI 350 Social Inequality (4 credits)
  • SOWK 430 Leadership, Advocacy & Fundraising (4 credits)
Plus
  • Four credits in additional English coursework
Course-Level Requirements
  • At least 12 credits numbered ENGL 211-299 (note: 8 of these credits must be from ENGL 280 and ENGL 256)
  • At least 16 credits numbered ENGL 300-399
  • At least 4 credits numbered ENGL 400-499

All English with Professional Writing emphasis majors should complete 44 credits in English and maintain a GPA of 2.0 in English. A minimum of 16 credits in English at or above ENGL 211 must be taken at St. Thomas. 


Combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English

The English Department offers a combined Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree program for exceptional current and incoming English majors. Students in the program complete graduate-level coursework during the spring semester of their senior year and complete their B.A. and M.A. in just five years. This program is available for both the Literature and Writing and Creative Writing concentrations in the English major. For more information, visit the English department’s website.


Major in English with a Teacher Education Emphasis (5-12)

  • ENGL 121
    or ENGL 190
  • ENGL 211 British Authors I (4 credits)
    or ENGL 212 British Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 214 American Authors I (4 credits)
    or ENGL 215 American Authors II (4 credits)
  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature (4 credits)
    or ENGL 218 Literature by Women: Critical History (4 credits
  • ENGL 220 The Classical Tradition (4 credits)
    or ENGL 221 The Modern Tradition(4 credits)
  • ENGL 280 Introduction to English Studies (4 credits)
  • ENGL 300 Theory and Practice of Writing (4 credits)
  • ENGL 305 Linguistics: English Language (4 credits)
  • ENGL 327 Major Literary Genres (4 credits)
  • ENGL 361 Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period (4 credits)
Four additional credits:

EITHER in English at the 300 or 400 level, or COMM 326 Communication and Pop Culture or COMM 328 Communication of Race, Class, and Gender

Students seeking licensure in Communication Arts and Literature (5-12) must also complete the following courses in Communication Studies: COMM 212, COMM 326, COMM 366, and the EDUC courses listed under Teacher Education for Communication Arts and Literature (5-12)*. See Education.


Minor in English

The minor in English consists of 20 credits:

  • ENGL 121 or 190
  • Sixteen credits numbered ENGL 201‐490 

Only four credits from ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204 Texts in Conversation courses may count towards the minor. A minimum of eight credits in English at or above ENGL 201 must be taken at the University of St. Thomas.


 

Minor in Narrative Medicine

16 credits

Narrative Medicine humanizes healthcare by training professionals to listen to the stories of human beings: stories of the patient, the healthcare professional, and the cultures and systems in which they live. It is designed to improve the quality of care for patients and to deepen healthcare professionals’ empathy and understanding. This minor complements students’ science curriculum with a set of four courses in literature, creative writing, and professional writing or communication. The courses teach practices of narrative medicine: close reading of and attentive listening to trauma and illness narratives and the stories of those marginalized by institutions and social policies; reflective and analytical writing in healthcare contexts; creativity and expressive writing; and communicating across cultures with empathy and compassion.

  • ENGL 202 Interdisciplinary Perspectives: special section on Narrative Medicine
  • 12 credits in literature, creative writing, professional writing, and/or communication studies

Literature:

  • ENGL 217 Multicultural Literature
  • ENGL 218 Literature by women: Critical Histories
  • ENGL 337 Literature of Human Diversity
  • ENGL 341 Literature by Women: Critical Questions

Creative writing:

  • ENGL 255 Introduction to Creative Writing

Professional writing:

  • ENGL 317 Writing for Health and Human Sciences

Communication Studies:

  • COMM 220 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 242 Health Communication
  • COMM 328 Communication of Race, Class and Gender
  • COMM 370 Intercultural Communication

Other courses may be substituted with approval of the chair of English / Communication Studies.

*This minor is only available for non-English majors.

English Undergraduate Courses

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL  106 Intro to Coll Comp-Transfer 3
ENGL  110 Intensive Writing 4
ENGL  121 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing 4
ENGL  190 Adv Crit Thinking: Lit&Writing 4
ENGL  201 Perspectives on Genre & Craft 4
ENGL  202 Interdisciplinary Perspectives 4
ENGL  203 Thematic/Intertextual Perspect 0 OR 4
ENGL  204 Perspect on Language/Cult/Lit 4
ENGL  211 British Authors I 4
ENGL  212 British Authors II 4
ENGL  214 American Authors I 4
ENGL  215 American Authors II 4
ENGL  217 Multicultural Literature 4
ENGL  218 Lit by Women:Critical Hist 4
ENGL  220 The Classical Tradition 4
ENGL  221 The Modern Tradition 4
ENGL  222 Catholic Literary Tradition 4
ENGL  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENGL  251 Writing in the Academy 4
ENGL  255 Intro to Creative Writing 4
ENGL  256 Intro to Professional Writing 4
ENGL  269 Research 2 OR 4
ENGL  280 Intro to English Studies 4
ENGL  294 Writing Video Games 4
ENGL  295 Topics 2
ENGL  297 Topics 4
ENGL  298 Topics 4
ENGL  300 Theory& Practice of Writing 4
ENGL  304 Analytical/Persuasive Writing 4
ENGL  305 Linguistics: English Lang 4
ENGL  311 Theory & Prac of Lit Criticism 4
ENGL  314 Professional Editing 4
ENGL  315 Topics in Pro. Writing 4
ENGL  317 Writing for Health/Human Sci 4
ENGL  318 Business Writing 4
ENGL  321 Writing Poetry 4
ENGL  322 Writing Fiction 4
ENGL  323 Writing Creative Nonfiction 4
ENGL  324 Genre Studies 4
ENGL  325 Spec Study:Genre,Reg,Theme 4
ENGL  326 Topics in Creative Writing 4
ENGL  327 Major Literary Genres 4
ENGL  334 Lit from Christian Perspective 4
ENGL  337 The Lit. of Human Diversity 4
ENGL  341 Lit by Women:Crit Questions 4
ENGL  350 Tech Writing: Practice & Rsrch 4
ENGL  360 Chaucer & Medieval Period 4
ENGL  361 Shakespeare & Early Modern 4
ENGL  362 Milton & 17th Cent Brit Lit 4
ENGL  364 18th Century British Lit 4
ENGL  365 Romantic Literature 4
ENGL  366 Victorian Literature 4
ENGL  367 20th Century British Lit 4
ENGL  370 Colonial/Early Amer Lit 4
ENGL  371 19th Century American Lit 4
ENGL  372 Modern American Literature 4
ENGL  373 Contemporary American Lit 4
ENGL  389 Research 2 OR 4
ENGL  390 Major Lit Figures in Context 4
ENGL  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENGL  395 Issues in Lit. Lang. & Culture 4
ENGL  405 Advanced Creative Writing 4
ENGL  421 Literary Magazine Practicum I 2
ENGL  422 Literary Magazine Practicum II 2
ENGL  450 Advanced Literary Studies 4
ENGL  476 Experiential Learning 1 TO 4
ENGL  481 Capstone Seminar: Lit Stu Emph 4
ENGL  482 Capstone Sem: Pre-Prof Emph 4
ENGL  490 Topics 4
ENGL  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4

Theater Undergraduate Courses

Course Number Title Credits
THTR  103 Theatre Fine Arts Trans Crs 4
THTR  111 Introduction to Theater 4
THTR  214 Beginning Acting 4
THTR  218 Acting for the Camera 4
THTR  221 Hist of Theater I: World 4
THTR  222 Hist of Theater II:Mod/Contemp 4
THTR  223 Hist of Theater III-American 4
THTR  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  269 Research 2 OR 4
THTR  285 Scenery Design 4
THTR  297 Topics 4
THTR  298 Topics 4
THTR  389 Research 2 OR 4
THTR  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  412 Drama:Theory & Criticism 4
THTR  489 Topics 4
THTR  490 Topics 4
THTR  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
THTR  497 Individual Study 4
THTR  498 Individual Study 4