BA English

University Campus

Listen here to English faculty member Gianna Russo reading from her original work.

The written word stirs the intellect, the imagination and the soul, reflecting our lives, and evoking our hopes and dreams. The study of English appeals to our romantic sensibilities, and is also a professional pursuit with many career opportunities—the world needs articulate communicators, and an English major knows how to meet that demand.

Why choose English at Saint Leo?

Study writing and literature—from mythology to the modern drama—alongside faculty with years of experience as editors, playwrights and grant writers. Walk in the footsteps of Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a faculty-led trip to London. Cultivate your voice amongst other aspiring authors and professional authors at the Sandhill Writers Retreat. Try your hand at publishing with Saint Leo’s literary magazine, Sandhill Review, and student newspaper The Lions' Pride.

B.A. English concentrations are available in Advanced Literary Study, 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

  • Foundations of American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Shakespeare
  • Studies in Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Playwriting
  • Desktop Publishing and Design

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.
    The Sandhill Writers Retreat is open to all aspiring writers and takes place on the lovely University Campus. The retreat features hands-on writing classes in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Nationally-acclaimed Florida writers guide attendees through lessons in craft and imaginative exercises that lead to new works. The retreat also includes a faculty reading and book signing, a reception, and an optional open reading for participants.

What can you do with a degree in English?

Graduates 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

Student resources

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