Undergrad Catalog

English (ENGL)

Program Option: B.A.

Welcome to reading, writing and the world!  As a St. Kate's English major, you will engage literature, language and writing to enhance your imagination, expression and critical thinking.  Our curriculum offers range and flexibility, and your advisor will help you claim your own focus based on your interests and aims. 

As an English major, you will benefit from a rich learning experience.  Share your thoughts with a community of women in small classes.  Meet and hear distinguished visiting authors such as Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings ; Wang Ping, author of The Magic Whip ; and the Nobel Prize-winning South African anti-apartheid novelist J. M. Coetzee.  Develop your own voice.  Finally, build a portfolio of writing for job and graduate school applications. 

St. Kate's English majors have access to great campus and community connections. You may join the English Club; work on The Wheel , the campus newspaper; submit your work to Ariston , the annual literary and visual arts magazine; or become a research or teaching assistant for an English professor.  You may also visit local museums and attend performances at acclaimed local theaters.  We also recommend that you pursue advanced study in another language to deepen your overall language skills.

Before the end of your academic career, you should also consider an internship at a publishing house, business or non-profit institution.  St. Kate's English majors have interned at KTCA-TV, the Minnesota Zoo, Coffee House Press, Greywolf Press, the Guthrie Theater, MPR, and 3M.

St. Kate's English majors have pursued careers in education, writing, publishing, advertising, management, public relations, medicine and law.  Some start their own businesses.  Some become college professors.  Others author books, edit anthologies, or write for magazines, newspapers and trade publications. 

Many English department courses fulfill St. Kate's liberal arts requirements.  Our literature courses fulfill the literature requirement; many writing courses meet the writing intensive course requirement; and some of our literature and language courses fulfill the Women's Studies and/or Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity requirement. 

Overall, English offers a robust, relevant, dynamic choice in a liberal arts education.

See also: Communication


Major Requirements:

The English Department recommends that all English majors begin their studies with ENGL 2200 Literary Theory and Practice, a prerequisite for upper division literature courses. 

All English majors must take:

Ten courses in the English Department including:
ENGL 2200 Literary Theory and Practice
Two writing courses (at least one at the 3000 level or above)
Two language studies courses (at least one at the 3000 level or above)
Two literature courses (at least one at the 3000 level or above)
Two other English courses (at least one at the 3000 level or above)
ENGL 4860 Seminar
Students must also complete a Final Portfolio of writing. 

With the help of your advisor, you can fulfill the above required courses while claiming a particular focus.  Specific pathways will vary, but see inspiring focus possibilities below. 

Professional Writing Focus
At least four writing courses selected from the following:
ENGL 2305 Writing for Life: Developing Skill and Confidence
ENGL 2340 Writing as a Career
ENGL 2350 Rhetorical Grammar
ENGL 3340 Journalistic Writing
ENGL 3360 Intermediate Writing
ENGL 4300 Advanced Writing: Cultivating Your Style
ENGL 4320 Editorial Process

ENGL 3400 Language as Power, internship

Recommended supporting course work:

Communication studies courses, ART 3200 Graphic and Web Design

Extra-curricular activities:

The Wheel , tutoring in the O'Neill Center 

Creative Writing Focus
At least three creative writing courses selected from:
ENGL 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 3300 Intermediate Creative Writing Poetry
ENGL 3310 Intermediate Creative Writing Fiction
ENGL 3330 Creative Non-Fiction
ENGL 4310 Advanced Workshop in Creative Writing


Living Writers Live, Internship at a publishing house

Recommended supporting course work:

PHIL 2900 Philosophy of the Arts, courses in art, music or theater

Extra-curricular activity:


Literature Focus
At least three 3000 level literature courses selected from:
ENGL 3254 British Writers I
ENGL 3255 British Writers II
ENGL 3274 American Writers I
ENGL 3275 American Writers II
ENGL 3260 Literary Movements and Eras
ENGL 3265 Global Writers in English


ENGL 2270 Shakespeare, ENGL 2480 History and Structure of English or ENGL 3450 Introduction to Linguistics as one of the required language courses

Highly recommended:

Advanced study of a second language

Recommended supporting course work:

Art history, history, music 

Extra-curricular activities:

Ariston, The Wheel, AMP, and English Department TA programs

Language Studies Focus
At least four of the following language studies courses:
ENGL 2450 Language in Society
ENGL 2480 History and Structure of English
ENGL 3400 Language as Power
ENGL 3450 Intro to Linguistics
ENGL 3490 Topics in Language studies


ENGL 3265 Global Writers in English, ENGL 2350 Rhetorical Grammar, internship

Highly recommended:

Advanced study of a second language

Supporting courses:

PHIL 2150 Logic, SOCI 3250 Cultural Anthropology

Extra-curricular activities:

TA program (in language studies course)

All English majors must compile a final English portfolio.
Begin to develop your portfolio as soon as you declare your intent to major (usually after completing ENGL 2200). 
Your portfolio includes the following:

  • one paper from each of the following four courses:
    ENGL 2200 Literary Theory and Practice
    a 3000-level literature course
    a writing course
    ENGL 4860 Seminar
  • a summary reflective essay that reviews your educational progress in your English major
  • a resume or CV (prepared with the assistance of the Career Development Office)
  • a list of courses completed in the major
  • a portfolio checklist  

You are responsible for developing your portfolio with the guidance of your advisor and for submitting it to the department chair at least two weeks before you graduate. 

English majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing one of the English courses designated as writing intensive.  You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).

NOTE: Writing courses do not fulfill the liberal arts and sciences core literature requirement .  Courses that meet the core literature requirement are identified in the course description. 

ESL Offerings
For students who are non-native speakers of English, English courses are available to help you develop the language skills necessary to succeed academically.  Depending on the results of your MELAB, TOEFL, or St. Catherine English Proficiency or Placement Test, non-native speakers may be required to take some of the classes listed below.  All of these courses count towards the 130 credits required for graduation.  ENGL 2120 fulfills the liberal arts core requirement in literature.  ENGL 2130 counts as a writing-intensive course.  Together ENGL 2120 and 2130 satisfy St. Catherine's foreign language requirement. 

English as a second language courses:
ENGL 2120 Immigrant Perspective in Literature
ENGL 2130 Written Communication for College
ENGL 2140 Grammar in Writing (2 cr)
ENGL 2160 English for Cross-Cultural Nursing

Second Major Certificate in English  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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