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.


At St. Olaf:

  • Study-abroad opportunities include semester and full-year programs at universities in England, Scotland, and Ireland, while Interim programs include Theater in London, Literature of the Eastern Caribbean, and Hemingway in East Africa
  • English is a popular liberal arts major that prepares students for work in journalism, communications, public relations, business, ministry, foreign service, writing, law, or medicine

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.