College of Arts and Sciences


  •  In the Literature track of the English major at Seattle University, we believe that the arts of language and the tools of literacy are necessary not only for self-understanding, self-expression, and self-realization, but for full participation in social, cultural, and political life.  In our curriculum, you will grapple with some of the most interesting questions of literary and cultural history, engage profound and intractable questions of justice and value, and become thoughtful and active citizens of the university, nation, and world.  See why employers value English majors here.

    Program Benefits

      • Personal attention from faculty in small classes
      • The development of disciplinary and interdisciplinary literacies (from aesthetic appreciation and cultural knowledge, to cross-cultural fluency and visual and information literacies)
      • The cultivation of creative thinking, reflection, imagination, and insight
      • The acquisition of historical breadth, critical focus, and argumentative ability
      • Seattle University/Elliott Bay Book Company Reading Series
      • Fragments  and Axis literary and arts magazines
      • Career and graduate school preparation
    Degree offered:

    Bachelor of Arts in English
    Bachelor of Arts in English with Departmental Honors 
    English/Literature Minor

    Detailed information about the distribution of credits in the major and in the University’s core can be found in the Catalog.  Information about specific English courses for the current or upcoming quarters is available on SU Online.

    Literature students also have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs and activities designed to enhance the major. These include: Film Studies, Women Studies, Study Abroad, Internships, and Fragments, SU’s Arts and Literature Magazine.

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