Majors & Programs of Study

English Literature

Whether you’re interested in William Shakespeare or Virginia Woolf, American Nature Writing or Visual Narratives, the Literature Program at SUU has something for you. A Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Literature will serve you well throughout life no matter what field you are working in; a short but diverse list of English majors includes film director Steven Spielberg, actor and screenwriter Matt Damon, astronaut Sally Ride, former Director of the National Institutes of Health Harold Varmus, and football coach Joe Paterno.


  • Graduates in English at SUU have gone on to become successful writers, high school teachers, university professors, editors, librarians, lawyers, and parents.
  • SUU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is regularly recognized as one of the most active chapters in the country.
  • Current SUU English faculty have published novels, short stories, poems, and creative non-fiction, as well as books and scholarly essays on subjects ranging from zombie cinema to writing center pedagogy to Utah rivers and canyons to ancient Chinese poetry.


English majors and minors can find work in any profession that requires one to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems creatively. In other words, possible careers are unlimited. Recent graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in English, Library Science, and Law.


  • The Writing Center, run by English majors, serves the writing needs of the entire SUU community. The London Summer Study Abroad program, offered annually since 2004, allows students to study literature in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Students can also study English for a semester or a year abroad and receive SUU credit. Perhaps our greatest resource is our faculty; English professors serve not only as instructors, but also as mentors and advisors to their students.


  • English majors can work as tutors in the Writing Center, as tutors for ENGL 1000 (Intro to Academic Writing Workshop), and as faculty assistants.
  • The English Department also offers two regularly scheduled internships: Kolob Canyon Review (a high-quality publication of poetry, fiction, art, and photography by SUU students and faculty) and Literary Arts Administration.
  • Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society)


Alumni Spotlight

Name:Brandon Schrand
Soda Springs, Idaho

Graduated: Class of 1998

Current job: Assistant Professor of Creative Writing; Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of Idaho; and author of The Ender’s Hotel: A Memoir (2007 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize)

"Many thanks to SUU and my professors, especially those in the Department of English, for providing a first-rate education. There is little doubt that I would have achieved what I have had it not been for my experiences at SUU."

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