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The SCU English Department is ranked #4 in the nation by the "25 Best Colleges for English Majors 2020" list compiled by


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Writer. Researcher. Tech Developer. Teacher. Lawyer. Where can SCU English take you? Anywhere you want.

An SCU English degree provides an incomparable set of writing and analytical skills that can lead you down any number of paths—in the arts, education, technology, policy, business, law, and more.

Our students study and produce writing that moves readers, changes lives, and transforms the world. We’ve structured our program to give students opportunities in and out of the classroom that set a foundation for the future.

Literature and theory courses might turn you on to doing academic research through our Faculty Student Research Assistant Program or Canterbury Program, which could lead to graduate school or teaching.

The Santa Clara Review is often a springboard for Creative Writing students to find success as poets, novelists, and screenwriters.

If you’re looking toward a professional career, becoming a trained writing partner at the HUB Writing Center will hone your written communication skills beyond what you learn in class.

And future web content strategists and digital editors often take courses in Multimodal Writing before moving on to positions at tech companies in the Valley and beyond.  

With a major as versatile as SCU English, students graduate with the critical writing and thinking skills to succeed in any field while making the world a better place. Check out profiles of some of our recent graduates!

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