English and Foreign Languages

English Programs

The English major is a 37 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the disciplines of English. This curriculum is based upon a guideline approach and aims to develop in students informed habits of thought, research, discussion and writing. It emphasizes both the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for post-baccalaureate study or for career opportunities.

The English education major is a 46 credit-hour program designed for students who wish to become English Language Arts teachers in Illinois middle and secondary schools. As well as providing a strong foundation in the disciplines of English, this major focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/NCTE and Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators. Students who seek Illinois secondary certification through the English education major must also apply for admission to the School of Education's secondary education minor program and complete the courses required for that minor as well as the state certification requirements.

English minors can include a concentration in some aspect of English studies, such as literary genres, American or British literature, a historical approach to literature, multicultural literature, cultural studies or language.

The purpose of the writing minor is to offer Saint Xavier University students additional opportunities to develop and demonstrate advanced skills in written communication. Students will find courses in business and professional writing, as well as courses in creative and academic writing. A total of 18 credit-hours is required to complete the minor program.