Bachelor of Arts inEnglish

Majoring in English involves studying the history, structure, and use of the English language. As you read, discuss, and write about the literature and culture of English-speaking people, you’ll learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems.

You’ll specialize in one of four areas of emphasis (Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism or Professional Writing as you take 41 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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English Curriculum Overview

Students in the English and Modern Languages major will gain broad-based knowledge of literature from all periods and from around the world. They will learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems, all of which are skills highly valued by employers.
Students develop these skills by working closely with knowledgeable faculty members who are dedicated to relationship-based education through discussion, debate, course presentations, one-on-one consultations with professors, and supervised writing projects.
Students have many opportunities to apply the skills learned in the classroom to practical hands-on situations, such as writing for The Sword (the student newspaper), tutoring students in the Writing Center, student teaching, or gaining internship experience at local businesses.
Concordia’s metropolitan location provides students with an abundance of opportunities, some of which include attending readings by well-known authors, enjoying plays at numerous local theatres, joining literary discussions and writing groups at The Loft Literary Center, and touring the offices of potential employers.
Students interested in English may choose one of two majors: Education or Liberal Arts. Education majors may go on to teach elementary, middle, or high school.
Liberal Arts English majors choose one of four emphases: Creative Writing, Literature, Journalism, or Professional Writing. Liberal Arts majors may go on to work in journalism, publishing, public relations, copywriting, technical writing, marketing, government, and various other industries. Many English majors go on to graduate school, law school, and other professional programs.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source:
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source:

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Meet Your Professors

Eric Dregni Associate Professor of English, Advisor of Student Newspaper

Dregni has taught Intro to Lit, College Writing, Review Writing, Column Writing, Memoir, Travel Writing, and is in charge of internships in the English Department.

Dr. Nancy Hackett Professor of English

Dr. Hackett values open, provocative, lively classroom discussions

Dr. Debra Beilke English and Modern Languages Department Chairperson, Professor of English

Dr. Beilke's specialty is in American literature, and also teaches a variety of general education courses in writing and literature, and upper-level world literature courses.

Matt Ryan Assistant Professor of English, Director for the MFA in Creative Writing program

Matt Ryan has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, appeared in numerous journals, and has been nominated for one Best of the Net and three Pushcart Prizes.

Theresa FitzPatrick Director of the Writing Center, Term Faculty of English

Theresa FitzPatrick enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia in the areas of composition, education, and literature studies.

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