English students with faculty in class

College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

Drawn to words and big ideas? As an English major, you’ll study literature that will move you and great writers who will inspire you. Offered on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, St. Kate's English program will teach you to express yourself articulately and think critically, exploring diverse aesthetic, linguistic, and cultural traditions in global contexts of social justice.

Program Details

Take 32 credits per year to finish your English degree in four years.

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Courses such as Writing for the Digital Age: Compelling Content for Blogs, Websites and Social Media will have you discuss ethical issues and learn different forms of journalistic writing.

In the Language as Power class, you will explore the complex and often hidden intersections of language and power and focus on the many ways in which language serves as a tool of power.

You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on a research project and present your findings at a professional meeting or national conference, or co-author a paper for a peer-reviewed journal.

English students meet with their professor, Cecelia Konchar Farr, on St. Kate's St. Paul campus

Upon completion of an English degree, you will be well prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields, including

  • advertising agencies
  • law practices
  • marketing or public relations firms
  • corporate management
  • medicine
  • publishing houses
  • teaching

A St. Kate’s degree in English will also position you to pursue graduate studies in areas such as linguistics, comparative literature, and environmental writing.

Our English alumni have careers in education, writing, publishing, advertising, management, public relations, medicine and law. Some have started their own businesses. Some became college professors. Others author books, edit anthologies, or write for magazines, newspapers and trade publications. Distinguished graduates include Kelly Barnhill '96, whose novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon won the Newbery Medal in 2017, and Anne McKeig '89, the first American-Indian justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.