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Student Experience

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Students with their tickets to see author Nicholas Sparks

English and writing majors are successful at St. Ambrose due to our faculty, a carefully developed curriculum, and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Some of our extracurricular activities include:

  • Quercus, SAU's literary journal for fiction, poetry, and other creative writing
  • Mazy Mind, the university's newest journal, composed of non-fiction and produced here on campus
  • English Pros(e), a club for majors, minors, and lovers of English
  • and our student newspaper The Buzz

As a result, the traditional English or writing major easily graduates in four years. Many students are even able to double major and meet their four year timeline. English Education majors may require one extra semester in order to complete student teaching, though many can finish this within four years.

In their own words

"The faculty in the English program is incomparable. They truly care about their students' success, both in the classroom and as individuals."
-Amanda Spurgeon

"My favorite thing about being a writing major is that I love going to class. With a variety of classes and workshops to choose from, and faculty who know my name, I find myself excited to share my writing and to receive helpful feedback."
-Maria DeSio

"I have met some of the most caring and motivational people through the English program at St. Ambrose. They are the first people I go to when I need advice on homework or almost anything else."
-Olivia McDonald

Life after Ambrose

Many of our English majors move directly from undergraduate work onto graduate studies. 

Recently, Zoey Schmalz, Abby Tichler, and Gina Wilkerson went directly to Western Illinois University's MA in English program and Mary Harmon went to Loyola.

Jennifer Saulnier, graduating in May 2014, already has been admitted to several MLS programs, and Steph Olson '11 went directly to South Dakota State where last year she completed her MS in Counseling & Human Development, with a specialization in College Counseling.