School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
About the program
While pursuing an English degree at St. Mary’s University, students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of texts as well as a variety of critical methods to analyze those texts. From the epic of Beowulf to the plays of William Shakespeare, from the poems of Walt Whitman to the fiction of Sandra Cisneros, students will experience the rich variety and power of language in action.
English students take courses in international, American and British literature to learn not only about themselves through the textual experiences of reading and writing, but also to discover the potential of language to describe and transform human society. In an effort to help our students understand the globalized society in which we now live, the English Department offers courses with a focus on personal, social and cultural concerns which prepare our students for responsible participation in the civic realm.
The English major provides a well-rounded education in literature, analytical and creative thinking, and written and oral communication. Through the exploration of literature, the faculty aims to broaden the scope of student knowledge in world culture, religion, philosophy, economics, history and ethics.
Students who minor in English experience the power of language and literature to shape as well as reflect human experience, to challenge and change the course of history. Students engage in the study of narrative from its roots in the oral tradition to the current culture of electronic forms. Students explore a wide range of texts as well as a variety of critical methods by which to analyze those texts.
Courses and degree plan
Students can pursue one of the following program options:
Bachelor of Arts in English Requirements and Degree Plan
Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading with Teacher Certification (Secondary) Requirements and Degree Plan
Combined Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language
Combined Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Communication Studies
English with Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program Requirements and Degree Plan
Minor in English Requirements and Plan
Teacher Certification Option
Teacher certification is available for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts and Reading with Teacher Certification (Secondary).
In recognition of the important role of the teacher in American society, St. Mary’s University offers programs in teacher education which have as their primary objective the preparation of quality teachers. St. Mary’s University’s Educator Preparation Program has received the rating of “accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation. This rating is issued by the State Board for Educator Certification under the authority of Section 21.045, Texas Education Code.
Student teaching for undergraduates is conducted during the last semester. The Teacher Education Department works with the central offices, building principals, and classroom teachers in public and private schools in Bexar County to provide a comprehensive 13-week student-teaching experience. Working with the central office, the university Certification Officer requests the highest qualified certified professionals to work as supervising teachers. The student teacher assumes full responsibility for the classroom early in the student-teaching experience. The supervising teacher mentors the student teacher throughout the program but allows him/her to lead the planning delivery, and assessment of instruction, according to the process established during the Orientation. At the conclusion of the experience, the student teacher evaluates the placement and the supervising teacher’s role as mentor.
The United States Department of Education (Title II of the Higher Education Act) Educator Preparation Program Texas State Report can be obtained at https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx.
Law school options
- The Pre-law Program increases your chance of gaining admission to law school.
- The Nelson Wolff Law Early Admission Program helps motivated students graduate in less time. This program is available to students in the following majors: Criminology, English, International and Global Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies.
- The Guaranteed Law School Admission Program guarantees St. Mary’s graduates admission to the School of Law, if they meet certain criteria.
For more information about any of these law-related programs, please see the School of Law Admission section.
Recent graduates have interned and worked in settings such as the White House, Bromley Communications, the San Antonio Express-News, the Dallas Cowboys, the San Antonio Spurs, radio and television broadcasting companies, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and the San Antonio Youth Organization.
- Editorial assistant
- Copy writer
- Freelance writer
- Print journalist
- Technical writer
- Marketing or public relations specialist
- High school English teacher
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