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English Department

About English at St. Thomas

English at the University of St. Thomas is designed to equip you with a diverse skill set that prepares you for an array of career fields.

As a student in our department, you will have multiple opportunities to gain professional experience. Whether you are a writing consultant in the Center for Writing, editing the Summit Avenue Review literary arts magazine, conducting research with a faculty member or engaging with your peers in the classroom, you will have plenty of opportunities to build your portfolio and gain practical skills.

Additionally, we offer rigorous graduate degree and certificate programs that further enhance your knowledge of the English discipline. Each of our graduate degree options will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge about a vast range of literary works and authors as you sharpen your writing, research and critical thinking skills.

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Degree Options

We have multiple undergraduate and graduate degree options that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

Related Programs

English pairs well with a number of interdisciplinary degree programs at the university.

Get Involved

From clubs to conference presentations to visiting speakers, there are a number of ways you can get involved in the English Department.
Acclaimed author Edwidge Danticat speaks with Dr. Chris Santiago during an on-campus event.

Visiting Speakers

We host internationally acclaimed authors like Edwidge Danticat every year on campus as part of our Common Context program and Paul Hague Distinguished Writer lecture series.
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Student Clubs

You can engage with your peers in Theater Club, as well as Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society.
Students present their research findings during the Undergraduate Research Poster Session. 


You have the opportunity to partner with faculty on publishing and presenting research as both an undergraduate and graduate student.


Our diverse faculty specializes in literary studies, creative writing and professional writing.
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Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild

Catherine Craft-Fairchild enjoys teaching classics, like William Wordsworth's The Prelude and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, as well as teaching study abroad courses in Europe and an interdisciplinary Literature and Medicine class.
Dr. Catherine Craft-Fairchild
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Dr. Matt Batt

Matthew Batt is the author of Sugarhouse, a memoir about fixing up a crackhouse and his life along with it. He's finishing a book about working in one of America’s best restaurants. He teaches creative nonfiction, the literary magazine practicum, and has recently taught a class on the graphic novel.
Dr. Matt Batt
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Dr. Liz Wilkinson

Dr. Wilkinson’s teaching and research brings together seemingly divergent interests in indigenous literature, feminism and sports. A former college athlete herself, Dr. Wilkinson is writing an article about 19th and 20th century female athletes and women’s suffrage, and a book on sports and feminism.
Dr. Liz Wilkinson

Other Opportunities

English equips students with skills that can be used creatively and practically in a variety of career settings.
Two winners of the Lon Otto Creative Writing Prize pose for a photo.

Creative Writing Prize

We offer an annual Creative Writing Prize to honor Lon Otto, Professor Emeritus of English, and his deep and robust legacy in creative writing.
Students sit and write at ancient ruins in Greece.

Study Abroad

Explore literature and culture in Greece, Ireland, England, France, and more! The department regularly offers study abroad courses each J-Term.
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Our students have interned with prestigious local publishers, editing agencies, arts organizations, and public television.
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Make a gift

Give to the English Department

A gift to our department can help us invite renowned authors to campus, fund research assistantships, sponsor student travel to conferences and support annual scholarships.

Contact Information

Questions? Please feel free to reach out if you want to learn more about our department.

Tel: 651-962-5600 

Email: english@stthomas.edu

Fax: 651-962-5623

Mailing Address

Mail #JRC 333
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1096

Campus Location

We are located on the third floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (Building #2 on the campus map).