English Degree Online

With an online English degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will explore the relationship between literature and culture, develop your skills and creativity as a writer and define the shape of your future.

Earn Your English Degree Online at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

Your love of literature and language. Our expertise.

You will find your niche in a stimulating, creative atmosphere, working with leading scholars, notable experts and inspiring peers who appreciate the art and science of the English language. 

We have high expectations for you. Here’s what you can expect from us:

Support: Our professors are more than just teachers. They are advisors, cheerleaders and friends. We offer online academic support so you’re never alone and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.

Dedication: Our faculty and staff have stood in your shoes before. We know about the homework, class projects and presentations. We’re here to help, advise and encourage you through all of your classes.

Convenience: We understand you’re busy—you’re a student, a parent and an employee. We know that you have many responsibilities to balance, so we work with you to ensure that you graduate with an English degree that breaks down the barriers in your career.

As an English major at The Woods, you’ll have many opportunities for intellectual exploration, in-depth interactions with your professors and practical experience outside the classroom. In our small, intimate classes, you will make connections, discuss ideas, research issues and analyze outcomes through coursework such as:

  • Literature and Myth
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Modern World Literature

For more information about the department visit the Department of Languages and Literature.

English Major - (39 credit hours)

A baccalaureate English degree at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires at least 125 credit hours. In addition to the general studies courses and electives, to graduate as a Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College English major you need to complete at least 39 credit hours in English and related courses.

Require Courses

39 Credit hours required: all courses listed. One general studies perspective course in literature or equivalent also required (counts as general study credit).

Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare. As needed.

Introduces techniques in writing fiction, drama, poetry, and certain kinds of expository prose. Satisfies English Education, professional writing, and creative writing requirements.

Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/elective. As needed.

Study of selected major authors and works of British literature from the beginnings to the present in which students examine authors in their historical context, analyze literary expression, and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Explores the rich and diverse contributions of women writers to our American literary heritage. Students critically read and write about American women‘s creative expression in a variety of genres. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirement and English Education major elective.

Study of poetic forms, sounds, images, figures with an emphasis on poems writing for professional writing majors and creative writing minors. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Offers students guided practice in writing essays in a flexible, contemporary genre familiar to readers of memoir and literary journalism. Students draw on personal experience to produce essays that are conversational in tone and non-traditional in structure and may also include factual report or research. As needed.

Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirements.

Analyzes examples of fiction to illustrate narrative modes and examine creative writing techniques, such as plot, characterization, point of view, description, and style. Students create examples of fiction. As needed. Prerequisite: EN 212 or instructor‘s consent.

Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the U.S. As needed.

Study of designated or selected topics designed to serve the special needs and interests of advanced students. As needed.

3 credit hours of an approved English elective. Talk with your academic adviser for details.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

English Minor - (18 credit hours)

The English minor requires 18 credit hours of English related coursework.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Study of the principal writers of the English Renaissance with special focus on the works of Shakespeare. As needed.

Study of literature from a variety of cultures and in a variety of forms with an emphasis on myths. Students explore the value of creative expression in a society to develop an appreciation of the process of creation and to foster personal principles for judging creative expression. Fulfills general studies requirement. Satisfies English Education major/elective. As needed.

Study of selected major authors and works of British literature from the beginnings to the present in which students examine authors in their historical context, analyze literary expression, and evaluate works using various critical theories. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Surveys the major periods of American literary history focusing on the works of representative authors. Satisfies English major and English Education requirement. As needed.

Explores the works of women writers as perceptive recorders of the human experience through their art. Satisfies Women‘s Studies minor requirements.

Studies fiction, poetry, and drama from Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America of significant writers to evaluate the relationship of place and author, the effect of political and social realities on the themes and styles of authors, to compare and contrast world authors with those from the U.S. As needed.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

English is not just English. English is history, philosophy, law, art, math and so much more. Maybe you want to write political speeches, brochures for nonprofits or edit for a publishing house. As an English major, you will find yourself often asked if you know what to do with an English degree. An English degree from SMWC will allow you to say, “Anything I want.” You can make your mark in English degree jobs such as:

  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Museums
  • Higher education

The English major degree program at SMWC will also prepare you for a master’s or doctorate in many fields, such as law, journalism or communications. Employers constantly rank communication skills at the top of their must-have list. As an English major at The Woods, you will learn skills that will not only benefit you in class, but in all your lifelong goals.

As an English major or minor work closely with the Career Development Office to make professional contacts, to meet with alumnae working in the professional world, and to arrange for internships, externships or other practical learning experiences.