Bachelor of Arts in English
The English program at St. Thomas University is a launchpad to a successful, creative career. Here, you will be encouraged to develop your own, innovative voice against the backdrop of one the world’s most exciting cultural destinations. You will dive headfirst into the study of great writers and learn to artfully collect your thoughts on the page. But that is just the beginning. Where you go from there will be up to you. Each English major has the unique opportunity to tailor an individualized program of study that fits personal needs, tastes, and interests. We are here to guide you on your path and help you discover a profession that is not only financially rewarding but also fun.
- Francis Altomare, Ph.D.
- Melissa Beneche, M.F.A.
- Jose Pombo, Ph.D.
- Kelly Wolfe, M.F.A, Program Director
Students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Arts in English degree have gone on to enter the teaching profession both in secondary and college-level education. Many others have gone on to have successful careers in the law, public relations, educational administration, and marketing.
Curriculum (Course Sampling)
CRW 3010 Creative Writing: An introductory workshop course in creative writing that develops the emerging literary talent within the St. Thomas University campus. Students will read the work of model contemporary authors in the three major genres and learn work shopping techniques to improve their own writing and critiquing skills. Each writer will produce a revised portfolio of creative work and assist in the production of the university literary journal.
LIT 3021 Modern Short Story: Short fiction from over fifty authors including many foreign works with the majority of stories being British and American. Kafka, Hemingway , Dostoevski, Flannery O’Conner, Fitzgerald, and Kipling are just a few of the writers whose works will be studied from biographical, historical, literary, sociological, and philosophical points of view.
ENL 3210 Medieval English Literature: Significant writings of Great Britain from the Old and Middle English periods, discussed in the context of major literary developments during the Middle Ages.
LIT 3345 Introduction to Horror Studies: An introduction to Horror Studies offers students an opportunity to explore the literature and film of one of the most maligned of all literary and cinematic genres. As popular artifacts, horror texts have been usually removed from the discussion of relevant art despite the fact that its presence has been felt, arguably, for over two centuries in America and Europe. This course attempts to underscore the historical, political, social, and psychological relevance of horror narratives and reconfigures them as symbolic systems that help uncover traumas about identity, class, gender, and race in the popular imagination.