Student Profiles

Some students come to the program straight from their undergraduate work, while others have been out of school for many years. Below are comments from a few of our current students and  recent graduates:

Amanda Marek

Amanda Marek '14

English Teacher, Shakopee West Junior High School

I started my master's to add breadth and depth to my knowledge of the subject I teach. What I didn't expect was how it would impact my relationships with students. Discussing literature and theory from all over the U.S. and the world helped me grasp the various backgrounds and realities of my students, making me a more effective and compassionate teacher.

- Amanda Marek
Grad Student Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

Attorney at Law

I have found that when I am taking a class in the Master of Arts in English program at the University of St. Thomas I am a more inspired lawyer and a more effective advocate for my clients. While the advanced writing instruction has helped to sharpen my written communications with the court and other lawyers, it is the free flowing discussion of complex ideas that has me looking forward to class each week. The variety of material and perspectives offered in the classes has allowed me to better understand my clients and more creatively resolve many of their problems. In short, this program has become a place for me to refuel and re-imagine my practice.

- Josh Johnson

Kristin Demery '14

Freelance Writer, editor and journalist
Blogger at 

Writing is often a solitary occupation, but the open, engaging discussions I experienced as a student in the master's program helped provide an important counterpoint. It is a rare and wonderful thing to walk into a classroom of peers who consciously choose to be not only be present but engaged. I found myself reveling in the open discussions, as the critical thinking and diverse perspectives challenged and revitalized my writing. Althought I was used to approaching the world around me with curiousity, the master's program helped provide me with a depth and nuance I was missing.

- Kristin Demery
Scott Radunzel

Scott Radunzel '16

Assistant Director
Journal Production at Minnesota State Senate

The Master of Arts in English program at the University of St. Thomas has helped me develop a broader understanding of the nuances of the English language applied across a spectrum of academic, political, and social writing.  This knowledge has strengthened my role as an editor for the Minnesota State Senate.

- Scott Radunzel
Brittany Kallman Anderson

Brittany Kallman Arneson '12

Writing Consultant, Walden University Writing Center

I began the Master of Arts in English program because I loved reading and writing, but along the way, I developed a passion for teaching. The program provided challenging coursework, passionate, caring professors, and smart colleagues who were willing to really dig into literature. It also provided an opportunity for me to gain hands-on experience working with students as a writing consultant in the UST Center for Writing. Now I draw on my St. Thomas experience every day as I continue to help students discover their voices as writers and scholars.

- Brittany Kallman Arneson