The Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric allows students to explore the nuances of the written word and visual rhetoric, while engaging with a wide diversity of written works in the English language. Students in this program are intellectually challenged to hone their critical thinking skills and develop strong proficiency in written language. Students also have the opportunity to write for our award-winning, student-run journals.

Our programs teach students to interact with texts from a wide array of genres, cultures, and historical periods, as well as to produce their own texts through a mastery of language and basic design principles. Whether you seek to educate, persuade, or enrich, you'll learn how to express yourself analytically and creatively, and how to thrive in writing-intensive careers. Graduates are prepared for post-graduate studies or entry into professions that require critical thinking and excellent writing skills. St. Edward's University is also home to one of just a few undergraduate rhetoric programs in the nation.

Writers Enjoy a Hilltop Welcome

Three Authors Visit the Hilltop and Share Thoughts on Their Craft and Life.


Our department offers two BA programs, each with options for specialization (visit the majors pages for links to the variety of degree plans available):

English Literature 

General specialization

Creative Writing specialization

Language Arts for Teachers

Writing and Rhetoric 

Creative Writing concentration

Journalism and Digital Media concentration

Professional Writing concentration

General concentration

Faculty & Staff

Student Organizations

St. Edward’s University features two award-winning, student-run journals and many different ways to get involved in literature and writing on campus. Below are publications and organizations that writing and literature students contribute to and staff.

Sorin Oak Review

The Sorin Oak Review is an annual literature and arts journal produced by St. Edward's University students. Anyone within the St. Edward's community may submit fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, photography, and artwork.


Arete is an award-winning, student-run academic journal at St. Edward's University. First published in 1991, Arete is an annual publication that encourages students from all disciplines to submit research papers, essays, and theses that offer substantive, fresh, and well-researched arguments for an informed audience.

Hilltop Views

Hilltop Views is a weekly student newspaper published by the School of Humanities and serving the community of St. Edward's University. The newspaper publishes news stories, life and arts stories, and sports stories relevant to St. Edward's students. Students are encouraged to use this opportunity to develop their writing and reporting skills.

The Book Jackets Literary Club

The Book Jackets Literary Club is a fully student-run organization in which students gather to share conversations about books and writing ideas.  Students also gather to read and perform each other’s work and invite speakers to discuss internship and job opportunities for literature and writing majors.  They also share information about upcoming literary events on campus and at local bookstores.

Upcoming Events

Check out the exciting lineup for The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series!