Literature is a treasury of our cultural heritage and an expressive human creation embodying both beauty and knowledge.
Close examination of literature and the practice of creative writing improves our thought process and our use of language. It enhances our understanding of the past and present and provides insight into our interior lives. As Henry David Thoreau, the author of Walden, once asked, “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” That is exactly what reading offers: an empathetic experience.
The St. Mary’s English Department believes that a student benefits most from the integration of literature and creative writing. Thus, as English majors, students will read a broad historical and cultural range of literatures and develop a variety of writing skills.
Why Study English?