The literary studies curriculum introduces our majors and minors to a substantial body of knowledge in British, American and Anglophone literature, as well as literary works in translation from across the globe and throughout history. Literary studies majors are encouraged to become familiar with a broad array of literary traditions and critical methodologies before specializing in a capstone project—a research-intensive, interpretive thesis undertaken in the senior year.
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 Saint Martin's University Literary studies 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
- The Olympian
- Capitol City Press
A major in literary studies is excellent preparation for:
- Continued professional studies at the graduate level (law, medicine, business)
- Jobs that require skills in communication, research, analysis and public relations
- Specialized employment in education, journalism, publishing, creative arts
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.