The Department of Literature, Writing and Rhetoric allows students to explore the nuances of the written word and visual rhetoric, while immersing in the greatest written works of 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.


Our department offers two BA programs, one in English Literature and one in English Writing and RhetoricWe also offer a Journalism minor and Women's Studies minor. 

In the English Literature major, students can choose the General degree plan or one with a sub-specialization in Creative Writing. In the English Writing and Rhetoric major, students can choose the General degree plan or one with a sub-specialization in Creative Writing, Journalism, or Professional Writing.


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.

Sigma Tau Delta

Literature and English Writing students can consider joining Sigma Tau Delta, an international organization that promotes literacy worldwide. The St. Edward's chapter meets regularly and seeks to promote literacy.

Upcoming Events

The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series has an exciting lineup for 2016-17:

Jonathan Safran Foer
Tuesday, September 20, 2016  3:30pm, Mabee Ballroom

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. His new novel Here I Am, according to Publishers Weekly, “poses thorny moral questions, among them how to have religious faith in the modern world, and what American Jews' responsibilities are toward Israel.”

Eula Biss
Monday, October 3, 2016  6pm, Carter Auditorium

Eula Biss is the author of three books: On Immunity: An Inoculation, a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award for nonfiction; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award for criticism, and a collection of poetry, The Balloonists. Her work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. The Chicago Tribune says, "Biss is telling us the story of our country—one we never saw coming."

Kazim Ali
Monday, March 6, 2017  6pm, Carter Auditorium

Kazim Ali is a poet, essayist, fiction writer and translator. His books include several volumes of poetry: Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, The Fortieth Day, and the cross-genre text Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. He has also published translations of Water's Footfall by Sohrab Sepehri, Oasis of Now: Selected Poems by Sohrab Sepehri, and (with Libby Murphy) L'amour by Marguerite Duras. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan

Karan Mahajan
Tuesday, March 28, 2017  6pm, Location: TBD

Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was released in March and has already been chosen as a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a best book of the year by Time magazine.  Critic Sunil Sethi says Mahajan “maps the nature of terrorist violence--from the stirrings of disaffection to its deadly outburst and embittered aftermath--in a completely original way,” and Slate that he “has committed to a radical and extended act of empathy.”