Books that Cook
Professor of English Jennifer Cognard-Black's new book, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, is being published by NYU Press this August.

Program Information

Ben Click, Chair
Professor of English

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Alumni—where are they now?

Monica Powell

Monica Powell (class of 2011) graduated with an English major and a WGSX minor. She currently lives in Washington DC, where she works in theatre education with the Young Playwright's Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


Student Spotlight

Maria Smaldone

Maria Smalldone finds doors opening for her in Oxford, while studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Study Abroad

Because of the flexibility of the English major, students will find it relatively easy to study abroad for a semester, or even a year, without compromising their progress towards graduation. In the past, English majors have chosen to study with St. Mary's in locations such as The Gambia, Hong Kong, and Thailand; others have enrolled on their own in programs in France, Australia, or New Zealand. In some cases they have studied English literature while abroad, taking advantages of the specialized perspectives of their host institutions; in other cases, they have devoted their time abroad to other subjects. Many English majors also choose to go on one or more short-term study tours offered by the college: in the past, English study tours have included Shakespearean Studies in Britain (offered every other summer) and Poetry Writing in Oxford and England’s Lake District; future tours may include “Americans in Paris” and “A Passage to India.”


One of the most popular study abroad options for English majors is the college’s signature program at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford University, which students may attend for either one or two semesters. Each semester, students enroll in two private tutorials, taught by Oxford professors; one seminar class; and one sightseeing tour. Students have the opportunity to experience Oxford from the eyes of some of its most famous graduates, studying in Bodleian Library and frequenting nearby pubs as did JRR Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The Centre primarily focuses on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in England, and also offers tutorial courses in archaeology, art history, studio art, history, languages, literature, law, philosophy, theology, women's studies, and writing. All courses offered through CMRS are preapproved for transfer credit, and it is possible to earn 16 upper-division elective English credits during a semester of study. Students wishing to follow a more modern course of study also have options open to them; please see the CMRS website for more details.

Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies