Engaged Students

Snapshot: Evening|Weekend|Online B.A. in English

  • For busy women who want to develop their writing skills, read and interpret literature, or study linguistics.
  • Prepare for careers in advertising, publishing, communications, business, libraries — and more. Sophisticated communications skills are in demand.
  • Flexible course scheduling blends evening/weekend meetings with online learning.
  • Affordable tuition rates.
  • Transfer in your previous college credits — graduate sooner.
  • Get a head start on your master's. Take up to two graduate business (MBA), leadership (MAOL), or library and information science (MLIS) courses while earning your B.A. or B.S.

Next steps

Majoring in English

Returning to school as an English major at St. Catherine University allows you to express yourself and reflect on your place in the world through writing, literature and language. St. Kate’s English majors study a richly diverse curriculum. English-speaking authors are as likely to hail from India, Hong Kong and Ghana as the British Isles, the United States and Australia.

Advance Your Career and Your Life

English is the primary language of business, technology and the sciences worldwide. That means businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions around the world are seeking excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

As a St. Kate’s English major, you become a sophisticated communicator who is recognized on the job for your ability to analyze complex problems and streamline information. You are well prepared for wide-ranging fields including advertising, publishing and public relations. In addition, you may aspire to be a published author or further your studies in law school or other graduate programs.

Paid professional positions on campus — serving as a writing tutor or faculty research assistant, for example — increase your competitiveness for future jobs and graduate school. But our English department is more than a place to hone job skills.

Studying English literature can be your opportunity to “meet” historical and contemporary characters you could never know personally, while creative writing courses spark your imagination. In linguistics courses, you learn about the vast differences in English speakers worldwide, including how attitudes toward “proper” English privilege some groups and marginalize others.

Supportive Environment

“Women returning to college have a perspective that enriches their learning,” says Professor Joanne Cavallaro, English department chair. St. Kate’s rigorous but understanding faculty support and encourage learners who have careers and families outside the classroom.

If you haven't written papers in a while, the introductory writing class helps tune up your writing skills. Small, interactive classes — a hallmark of St. Kate’s — make studying English a collaborative experience in which classmates and faculty become friends and colleagues.

Program of Study

Our major is designed to let you follow your own interests by allowing you to choose a focus area in creative or professional writing, literature, and cultural or language studies. Whichever focus you choose, your time at St. Kate’s will include an exploration of:

  • The traditions of literature
  • The development and structure of the English language
  • The process of writing.

Faculty collaborate with you to develop a professional portfolio for job interviews and graduate school applications. Courses such as “Writing for Life: Developing Skill and Confidence” and "Writing to Delight, Incite and Pay the Rent" offer practical career strategies.

For more information about the program and courses, click on the Major tab.

Uniquely St. Kate’s

St. Kate’s has been educating women to lead and influence for more than a century, within a framework of the liberal arts and social responsibility. Our professors help you develop your personal leadership style to prepare you to lead and influence within your chosen career and on your life's path.

Thinking about the writing life? St. Kate’s will expose you to outstanding role models. Great authors — many of them women — visit campus every year to share their knowledge with students.

Past visitors include Maya Angelou; Marvin Bell, Iowa's first Poet Laureate; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson; poet Marilyn Chin; J. M. Coetzee, 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature recipient; John Stanford, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; and Dessa, Twin Cities poet/performer/rap artist.