Saint Xavier University Faculty

Language and Literature

English Programs

Because we offer a broad range of majors and minors, you will have the flexibility and faculty support to design a course of study that will help you achieve your educational and professional goals. For some students this may mean a double major in English and Communication, for others a minor in Writing with a major in Biochemistry. The faculty in the Language and Literature Department is committed to exploring the inextricable links between language, literature, and rhetoric in the contexts most relevant to our students. Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.

Major Options

English, Global Literature Concentration


The English major is a 36 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the disciplines of English. This curriculum is based upon a guideline approach and aims to develop in students informed habits of thought, research, discussion and writing. It emphasizes both the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for post-baccalaureate study or for career opportunities.

Global Literatures

Students who complete a concentration in Global Literatures will be able to:

  1. Identify the major traditions of literature and analyze texts using critical and theoretical models appropriate to those traditions.
  2. Identify the differences stemming from class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality and gender as expressed in a variety of texts.
  3. Discuss, interpret and contextualize implicit or explicit values contained in literary texts.
  4. Articulate the value of literary texts as cultural artifacts that provide insight into culture and identity.

English, Rhetoric and Writing Concentration

The English major is a 36 credit-hour program that provides a general grounding in the disciplines of English. This curriculum is based upon a guideline approach and aims to develop in students informed habits of thought, research, discussion and writing. It emphasizes both the knowledge and skills that will prepare students for post-baccalaureate study or for career opportunities.

Rhetoric and Writing

Students who complete a concentration in Rhetoric and Writing will be able to:

  1. Identify and employ rhetorical strategies (i.e., invention, arrangement, and style) to analyze and compose texts.
  2. Produce effective written, visual and multimedia texts that are responsive to different purposes and audiences.
  3. Identify and respond to the influences of class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender and other identity markers on literacy practices.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities inherent in the act of reading and writing texts.

English Secondary Education

The English education major is a 39 credit-hour program designed for students who wish to become English Language Arts teachers in Illinois middle and secondary schools. As well as providing a strong foundation in the disciplines of English, this major focuses on the preparation of teachers according to NCATE/NCTE and Illinois Content Area Standards for Educators. Students who seek Illinois secondary certification through the English education major must also apply for admission to the Education Department's secondary education minor program and complete the courses required for that minor as well as the state certification requirements.

Minor Options

English Minor

English minors can include a concentration in some aspect of English studies, such as literary genres, American or British literature, a historical approach to literature, multicultural literature, cultural studies or language.

Writing Minor

The purpose of the writing minor is to offer Saint Xavier University students additional opportunities to develop and demonstrate advanced skills in written communication. Students will find courses in business and professional writing, as well as courses in creative and academic writing. A total of 18 credit-hours is required to complete the minor program.