Department of English


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.