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  • The School of Humanities and Fine Arts 

    The English Program  


    The English Department at Saint Vincent College provides an atmosphere and a setting for students to continue the 2,500 year-old conversation about text, language, creativity and imagination. With literature at the center of the conversation, students pursue focused intra-textual reading and apply wider insights that cross national, historical, critical and disciplinary boundaries.

    Students in the Saint Vincent College English department think, research and write more fluently about the canon as well as popular culture. Ultimately, the person graduating with a degree in English will comprehend language both as an instrument and an art, having explored the felicitous tension between creative impulse and traditional form. 

  • Learning Objectives  

    When studying English at Saint Vincent College, you can expect a rigorous curriculum along with several extracurricular activities that help you become the best writer or educator you can be. These learning objectives will aid you in reaching that goal.

    • As literary study lies at the heart of the English Department’s curriculum, all courses demand extensive reading and textual analysis.
    • Our English faculty consists of publishing scholars of varying interests who prioritize teaching and a personal connection to their students. 
    • All courses demand a significant amount of writing and provide substantial writing instruction. 
    • A cumulative portfolio requirement enables majors to chart their development as writers and thinkers. 
    • Concentrations in Secondary School Teaching CertificationCreative WritingProfessional WritingChildren’s Literature, and Literary Studies allow students to focus their studies and prepare for careers. 
    • Based on their concentration, majors complete a publishable Senior Project. 
    • Our broad literature curriculum offers survey courses in British, American and European literatures, as well as advanced courses in Chaucer, the British Renaissance, Romanticism, Sentimental Novels and American Modernism. 
    • Contemporary literature offerings include courses in J.R.R. Tolkien, Science Fiction, The Beat Generation and Rock ‘n’ Roll Criticism. 
    • Students pursuing a creative writing concentration develop skills in poetry, fiction, literary translation and literary magazine production. 
    • Aspiring poets can win cash prizes in the annual Ragan Poetry Competition. 
    • Our Visiting Writer series hosts internationally renowned poets, novelists, and essayists. 
    • The Alpha Theta Lambda chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, affords students the opportunity to present and publish creative and scholarly work. 
    • The Review, the college newspaper, enables English majors to gain first-hand journalistic experience through staff writer and editorial positions. 
    • Internships at local newspapers, television stations, and professional writing firms provide practical work experience.