English at Saint Martin's Jeff Birkenstein and Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B., on graduation day Writing students present their own ending to the Mystery of Edwin Drood Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis leads a writing workshop at Mt. Rainier National Park Jamie Olson with Russian Study Tour in the gardens at Peterhof, Russia

Program requirements

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 Faculty Spotlight

The Cinema of Terry Gilliam: It's a Mad World

Cover of It's a Mad World

Jeff Birkenstein is both co-editor and contributor for a collection of essays on filmmaker, Terry Gilliam.

"A wonderfully rich collection of essays; thought-provoking, insightful, and poetic in equal measure."
(Sean Redmond, Deakin University )


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

Contact information

Jeff Birkenstein, chair

English Program (Major, minor)

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

What is the English Program?

The mission of the English Program is to serve students by leading them to discover the practical importance of our cultural inheritance and advancing the University’s overarching mission of knowledge, service and sound value judgment.

Why study English at Saint Martin's?

The program 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 and membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, to develop long-lasting relationships that will enrich the personal and professional life of the student.

Additional benefits include:

  • Participation in the yearly Les Bailey Writers Series
  • Professional experience though Saint Martin's student publication, The Belltower
  • Membership in the SMU English Majors Facebook page
  • Internships with local businesses
  • Training in industry standard software
  • Creative writing retreats at the Saint Martin's Abbey's Lambert Lodge, a beautiful, restorative, retreat center on Eld Inlet in the Puget Sound

For a complete list of program goals, objectives and outcomes, please visit our undergraduate English outcomes website.

What can I do with this major?

A degree in English prepares Saint Martin's graduates for careers in such fields as:

  • Law
  • Media
  • Marketing
  • Advocacy
  • Social services
  • Diplomacy
  • Human resources
  • Professional Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Health Services
  • Global communications

Students also can prepare for the traditional fields of secondary and higher education and advanced study. English goes with everything!

For a complete list of professional applications, visit whatcanidowiththismajor.com. For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

What is required?

  • 36 semester hours of lower-division courses
  • 21 hours of upper-division courses
  • Entering freshman are required to take an examination in composition skills
  • Students are encouraged to augment their English classes with outside studies in language, history, the fine arts and philosophy
  • Senior thesis

Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a complete breakdown of English requirements.

All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's general education requirements.

Research / internship opportunities

  • The Olympian
  • Capitol City Press

Related fields of study

Communication Studies (M.) | Writing (m.) |

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