The English Department at Saint Martin's University serves students by leading them to discover the practical importance of cultural inheritance and advancing the University’s overarching mission of knowledge, service and sound value judgment.

Program Highlights

The program excels at providing students with friendly advisors who welcome one-on-one conversations about writing, books, food and life. Students are given numerous opportunities, such as professor-led study abroad trips and membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, to develop long-lasting relationships that will enrich the personal and professional life of the student.

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in the yearly Les Bailey Writers Series
  • Professional experience though Saint Martin's student publication, The Belltower
  • Membership in the SMU English Majors Facebook page
  • Internships with local businesses
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Creative writing retreats at the Saint Martin's Abbey's Lambert Lodge, a beautiful, restorative, retreat center on Eld Inlet in the Puget Sound

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  • Career paths

    A degree in English prepares Saint Martin's graduates for careers in such fields as:

    • Law
    • Media
    • Marketing
    • Advocacy
    • Social services
    • Diplomacy
    • Human resources
    • Professional Writing
    • Fundraising
    • Health Services
    • Global communications

    Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education and advanced study. English goes with everything!

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With This Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.



  • Entering freshmen are required to take an examination in composition skills
  • 40-46 semester hours of CORE requirements
  • 12 semester hours of Lower-Division courses
  • 24 semester hours of Upper-Division courses
  • Upper-Division courses (24 semester hours)

    ENG 321
    ENG 322

    American Literature to 1870
    American Literature After 1870
    ENG 341
    ENG 499
    Senior Thesis Seminar

    Remaining semester hours chosen from Upper-Division English courses, and not more than two courses between ENG391 and ENG399.


  • 12 semester hours of Lower-Division courses
  • 12 semester hours of Upper-Division courses

Saint stories

Emmalee Baker '15 published her paper in The Explicator

Putting her dreams in print

"Getting this essay published was just proof to myself that I was capable of achieving something that I assumed was an unobtainable goal. As a student, it gave me more confidence in my writing abilities."

Emmalee Baker English Class of 2015

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