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English majors will hone their analytical and communication skills, which are essential to any career. They will also develop an appreciation of mankind’s plights, achievements, fears, and desires as they are reflected in literature.

  • Why Study English at SFU?

    Our English department provides extensive instruction in composition and literary analysis. We believe that focused discussions in small classrooms about good books and good writing provide the best kind of education for students of literature. We also work individually with students on their own writing endeavors and interpretations of literary texts. Several of our majors have published their scholarship in journals or have presented scholarly and creative works at literary conferences.

    • English Majors, Minors & Concentrations
    • Student Opportunities
    • Accomplished Faculty
    English Majors, Minors & Concentrations



    • English, Minor
    • American Studies, Minor
    • Writing, Minor



    Visit the academic catalog and scroll to the School of Arts & Letters to view degree requirements.

    Student Opportunities

    From clubs to campus publications, students have several opportunities to gain real-world experience and add to their resumes. Here are just a few of the offerings for Literature and Language students:

    RED Radio - Student Radio Station

    Troubadour - The Troubadour is a bi-weekly student publication of Saint Francis University.

    ASL Club - The ASL Club is a vibrant student organization who enjoys working with the Deaf community to create awareness of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language! One of the first steps in breaking down walls of oppression or discrimination is to create awareness. Many people have few experiences with a person from the Deaf community and often view deafness as a disability. The Club, with support from the Deaf Community spreads awareness and allows people to realize that Deaf individuals are highly successful just like any hearing person.

    Literary Club - Many of our majors are active members of the Literary Club, which, in addition to hosting public readings and writing workshops, provides transportation and travel money for off-campus cultural events. Last year, for instance, members of the Literary Club, accompanied by Dr. Kirk Weixel, attended a production of Rent in Pittsburgh.

    Bell Tower - Saint Francis University Yearbook

    Environmental Studies Program

    Peer-reviewed journal, Legacy

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    Accomplished Faculty

    At Saint Francis, you will learn from professors who love the written word and want to share that love with our students. We are all prolific writers and/or active scholars in our respective fields. For instance, Dr. Kirk Weixel has published a number of articles with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dr. Cadwalladerhas presented at more than fifty conferences and serves as the managing editor for Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers. We work closely with students on projects ranging from independent studies to campus-wide publications such as The Troubadour (the campus newspaper), and as such, enjoy an excellent rapport with our majors.  We also provide students additional opportunities to learn from and write for the broader campus and surrounding communities.

    Meet the English Faculty