“Studying English is such a valuable practice for an undergraduate! Written and oral communication are essential to every job, every field, every location, and every situation. A student fortunate enough to choose English as a major will likely find ways to be useful after college no matter what path he or she pursues next.

At St. Andrews University, English is both a program and an experience. The professors are witty, well-read, and prepared to challenge the student to think in ways he or she has not thought before. The coursework encourages creativity and development. I feel prepared to fall into any scenario in the work force with the ability to think critically and communicate my ideas to others.” ~ Travis Grooms ’16

To study English literature is to comprehend and identify with a vital part of human society. At St. Andrews, the English major offers students the opportunity to engage in ideas which have shaped a culture through the study of fiction, poetry and drama. By reading and discussing a wide variety of literature, students gain a broad historical perspective as well as critical skills and culture awareness needed in a global community.

“I didn’t come to St. Andrews specifically pursuing English. I took a number of different courses in the major and each led to an increasing interest in literature. There was something unique about the classes that introduced the variety of text, discussion, and writing in an innovative and engaging way. It was immediately apparent that each professor felt a genuine passion for their respected expertise and that encouraged me to be involved in class. The English program over my four years opened avenues in ways I never expected. I was guided in refining my writing, communicating, orating, and analyzing skills. I gained a confidence in these skills that became invaluable as I settled into my post-graduate endeavors. I didn’t fully realize how thankful I would be to fall into this major until after I left St. Andrews and looked back on what I gained.” ~ Irina Vogt ’17, English and Politics

St. Andrews English major is unique since it can be designed to accommodate a wide range of interests, career goals, and post-graduate plans. Opportunities commonly arise for students to study abroad in Italy, participate in internships, conduct research, and enroll in guided independent studies courses. While the student to faculty ratio is 10:1, students are given personal attention emphasizing writing skills, critical thinking skills and verbal skills. This personal attention given from renowned faculty members is rare at the undergraduate level.


Black Mountain

Students and Faculty at Black Mountain, NC


Click Here to learn more about the English and Creative Writing curriculum.

Black Mountain Scholarships

The Black Mountain Scholars (BMS) Program is a scholarship academic opportunity featuring experimental courses in the liberal arts. Click Here for more Information