BA English - Advanced Literary Study

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Discover your new favorite author. Discover big ideas. Discover how literature illuminates the diversity of the human experience. In this English degree specialization, you’ll explore American, British and world literature; hone your research, writing and speaking skills; and learn various critical approaches to texts.

Why choose English with an Advanced Literary Study Specialization at Saint Leo?

Advanced Literary Study students engage in robust discussions around major historical periods and genres, works of individual writers, and literary history and criticism—from Romanticism to Modernism, from Shakespeare to contemporary Latin American fiction. Your professors are practicing poets, playwrights and novelists who ask the tough questions, and inspire real creativity.

Cultivate your craft by contributing to Sandhill Review literary magazine, and The Lions' Pride student newspaper. Become an active member of the SLU Writer’s Circle. Curl up with a good book on the docks of campus' peaceful Lake Jovita. Walk in the footsteps of Jane Austen and Victor Hugo on a faculty-led trip to London and Paris.

Saint Leo also offers English degree specializations in Professional Writing and Dramaturgy. If you aim to teach English at the secondary level, combine your English degree with an Education minor in place of a concentration.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Latin American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • The Graphic Novel
  • Shakespeare
  • Studies in Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Literary Criticism

Professional development opportunities

  • Internships: Interact with local and national media through Saint Leo’s University Communications and Athletic Communications offices. Spread your wings off-campus at the Associated Press or Tampa Bay Times.
  • Conferences: Attend writing and English Honor Society conferences.
  • Guest lecturers: Meet luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, poet and fiction-writer Valada Flewellyn, ESPN writer Pat Yasinskas and filmmaker Ralph Clemente.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Contribute to Sandhill Review literary magazine and The Lions' Pride student newspaper.

What can you do with an Advanced Literary Study specialization?

Graduates attend M.A. and M.F.A. programs in Writing. They also succeed in a variety of careers in advertising, public relations, editing, publishing and teaching. Some also pursue graduate study in English, library science and law.

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • News Reporter
  • Publisher
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Literacy Program Coordinator
  • English Teacher
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Linguist

Where are Saint Leo English grads now?

  • American TESOL Institute
  • AUA Language Center, Thailand
  • Florida Legal Group
  • Lancaster University, England
  • Newcastle University, England
  • Pasco County Schools
  • Scholastic Books
  • Trinity College, Ireland
  • U.S. Army
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wesley Chapel High School

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