English Department


Explore rich and diverse literature in small, discussion-based classes led by accomplished writers and scholars.

As an English major, you will work closely with accomplished professors, reading, contemplating and writing about the principal genres of literature and the related medium of film. The critical thinking and writing skills you develop can be applied in a wide range of professions. 

Our graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a variety of fields from teaching to tech. A myriad of possibilities await you, and we are ready to prepare you for them. 

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Do you want to be an English Teacher?

You can get your BA degree in English and your teaching credential in four years. Or if you want to continue you can get a BA degree in English and a Masters in Teaching in five years. Get one step ahead of the rest and join this new English track to become an English teacher.

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English Department Scholarships

In addition to need- and merit-based scholarships, first-year English majors are eligible for the English Department Scholarship, totaling $13,000 per year.

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Internships and Publishing Opportunities

Get hands-on experience and intern at one of the many literary journals and magazines located in the Bay Area. Or use your writing skills to benefit your peers (and get paid!) at the Center for Writing Across Curriculum. 

School and Department Information

Contact Us:

English Department Chair: Molly Metherd, PhD. mmetherd@stmarys-ca.edu

Writing Studies (WRIT 100/101/201) Director: Meghan A. Sweeney, PhD. mas36@stmarys-ca.edu

Creative Writing Director: Chris Feliciano Arnold, MFA. cfa1@stmarys-ca.edu

English Department Administrative Assistant: Ryan McKinley
Email: rm20@stmarys-ca.edu
Phone: (925)631-4414

The English Department, Writing Studies, and Creative Writing are located on the third floor of Dante Hall