Degree Program - English
Bachelor of Arts
Both the three-year and four-year Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English offer students a rich and broad understanding of literature: its writers and audiences, its pleasures and problems, its traditions and its transformations. With St. Mary’s University’s small class sizes, you’ll have the opportunity to exchange ideas in a comfortable, intimate academic atmosphere. A degree in English will help you to use language precisely and elegantly, both orally and in writing. The written word will become clearer to you as you practice responding confidently and analytically to the writers who have shaped English language and culture.
Skills You'll Gain
Graduates from the Degree Program English program will develop strong skills in the following aspects:
Effectively explain concepts and strategies in research papers to influence the reader; use vocabulary and rhetorical tactics to communicate with a wide audience and engage with different opinions and viewpoints.
Research & editing
Understand how to use primary and secondary sources, sort information and generate new ideas, and incorporate an author’s/critic’s idea in your own research paper.
Learn how to critically analyze complex texts, evaluate ideas and research, conduct literature reviews, identify and practice the conventions and research methods of literary studies.
Reason logically, synthesize ideas and formulate questions to clarify a particular problem, topic or issue.
A Bachelor of Arts in English can lead to careers in a variety of industries from marketing and business to journalism, research and publishing.
StMU English graduates are able to understand, interpret and respond to a rapidly changing world. They have developed strong communication, interpretation, and critical thinking skills, as well as cultural awareness. The study of critical writing teaches you how to organize your knowledge to express your thoughts and beliefs and ask meaningful questions, equipping you for success both in work and life.
Below is a sample of jobs that find this degree valuable. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some occupations require further education and experience.
Freelance Creative Writer
Graduate Recruitment Consultant
A key component of the BA in English degree program is the English 401 capstone project. Each student carries out an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member. These capstone projects provide students with a valuable foundation for future work in graduate school or in industry, and can lead to publication or presentation at local and international conferences. In addition, students hone their skills in written/oral communication and public speaking and increase the quality of their work via collaboration with their peers and instructors.
Each year, St. Mary’s English students present their work in a conference at the end of the winter semester where friends, family and members of the community are welcome to attend.
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