Department of English

  • Student reading

    Career Paths for English Majors

    Join five SMCM alums-- all English majors-- for a panel discussion about finding a job you love. Friday, February 27, 5:00 pm in Monty Upper Commons.

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  • summer-classes

    Summer courses announced!

    The English Department is pleased to be offering summer courses in science fiction, humor in American Literature, and children's literature.

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  • Mark Twain

    The Twain Lecture Series

    The Twain Lecture Series features an annual lecture in the spring and additional smaller events that usually take place in the fall.

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  • voices

    VOICES Reading Series

    The series brings a variety of accomplished poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers to campus to interact with students and faculty. All readings are free and open to the public

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    Chesapeake Writer's Conference

    St. Mary's invites applicants for this summer's Chesapeake Writers' Conference, July 12-18. Participants attend lectures, readings, and workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

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Literature is a treasury of our cultural heritage and an expressive human creation embodying both beauty and knowledge.

Close examination of literature and the practice of creative writing improves our thought process and our use of language. It enhances our understanding of the past and present and provides insight into our interior lives. As the New York Times bestselling author John Green has said, “Reading is always an act of empathy.”

The St. Mary’s English Department believes that a student benefits most from the integration of literature and creative writing. Thus, as English majors, students will read a broad historical and cultural range of literatures and develop a variety of writing skills.