Whatever their destination, graduates find that English is a satisfying and enjoyable major that imparts not only thinking and writing skills, but also empathy and insight that enables them to find common ground with others of different cultures and backgrounds.

English study at St. Olaf brings together the rich tradition of British and American literature with the diversity of literature being written in English around the globe. It also brings literary works such as novels and poems into conversation with other cultural forms such as films, popular music, and video games. Finally, studying English can mean writing your own literary works or developing your writing skills for a variety of professions.