Front: Julia Chavez, Irina Gendelman, Ernesto Chavez, Stephen Mead. Back: Jamie Olson, Jeff Birkenstein, Molly Smith, Kirsti Thomas, David Price. Real Live Theatre class at Globe Theatre, London, Summer 2013 Writing students present their own ending to the Mystery of Edwin Drood Jamie Olson reads a Robert Burns poem at the English Department's Robert Burns Supper, held out on the Puget Sound at the monastery's Lambert Lodge Father Kilian Malvey, O.S.B., sports a new hairstyle On sabbatical, Jeff Birkenstein stands atop sacred Mt. Bromo, eastern Java, Indonesia

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Olivia Archibald
Todd Barosky
Jeff Birkenstein
Julia McCord Chavez
Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis
Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
Stephen X. Mead
Jamie Olson
Molly E. Smith

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Department of English

Department overviewEnglish (M., m.)Writing (m.) Les Bailey Writers Series Sigma Tau Delta

The Department of English at Saint Martin's University is a dynamic environment for the development, expression and exchange of ideas. The department's exceptional leadership mentors students to discover the practical importance of interpreting and finding meaning through the medium of language.

With enthusiasm and energy, our professors drive the English department's success in helping students hone analytical, critical, and communicational skills. Class seminars and discussions provide students with the opportunity to engage in dialectical conversations with other students and faculty. Through these inspired learning environments students cultivate the ability to form their own opinions based on research and interpretation of primary texts. They deepen their knowledge by learning to make connections between small details and large patterns.

The Department of English 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, to develop long-lasting relationships that will enrich the personal and professional life of the student.

What can I do with a degree in English?

Students are offered the option to pursue a major or minor in English and/or a minor in writing to prepare themselves for careers in law, media, marketing, advocacy, social services, diplomacy, human resources, professional writing, fundraising, health services and global communications.

Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education.

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