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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!

SCU Stories

  • Class of 2006

    Corporate Communications Specialist at Sanmina-SCI

    Monique DeJong

    I am incredibly thankful for having majored in English. SCU's English Department helped equip me with strong writing, editing, and analytical skills that I may not have otherwise, had I chosen a different major.

Department Blog

  • Department Chair/Professor

    Michelle Burnham

    Chair’s Corner: On Relatability and Difficulty

    Today’s literary audiences use relatability as a criteria for a good read, but what risks are made in favoring this feature?