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 explore their critical thinking skills and develop strong proficiency in written language. Students have the opportunity to write for our two award-winning, student-run journals.

Our department offers two BA programs, one in English Literature and one in English Writing and Rhetoric. The English Literature major offers a general literature specialization and a creative writing specialization. The Writing and Rhetoric major offers specializations in creative writing, professional writing, general writing, and journalism. We also offer a Journalism minor and Women's Studies minor. 

Our programs prepare students to captivate their audience through a mastery of language and basic design principles. Whether you seek to educate, persuade or entertain, you'll learn how to craft your words well. Students develop the vocabulary, fluency, style and voice 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 home to one of just a few undergraduate rhetoric programs in the nation.

Our Passion

Renowned Argentine author, Jorge Luis Borges, declared he “could not imagine the universe” had he not read works by great writers such as Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Milton, Conrad, and others. Borges saw humanity as creative beings, constantly exchanging old worlds for new. We create the world we imagine, so our task is to imagine our worlds well. Like Borges, we may choose our guides from among the best artistic minds.

To study literature is to study the past, the present, and the future within the beautifully complex and nuanced context of artistic expression. Familiarity with important literary works deepens thought and enriches the life of anyone in any career. This makes a degree in this department good preparation for a variety of professional pursuits. Our horizons are forever broadened by thinking about characters and human situations represented in art, as well as about the subject of verbal representation, itself. 

Faculty & Staff

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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.