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Why English at St. Ambrose?

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Even if you're just taking general education courses, you'll find that the close mentoring relationships between English faculty and students extend beyond the classroom and graduation. Read more about our dedicated faculty.

In the St. Ambrose Writing program, both creative and professional writing styles are offered in focused, dynamic classes with low (1:11) faculty-student ratios. 

Diverse course offerings in writing and literature–due to breadth of faculty interests and expertise–include Translations Workshop, Detective Fiction, Disabilities Literature, Literature of Hinduism, Environmental Writing, etc. There's also a large variety of local creative writing outlets, including connections with the Midwest Writing Center and local magazines and libraries.

Through regular faculty coordination, students have the opportunity to actually engage with visiting/local authors and poets in various face-to-face settings. For example, when NY Times editor Kevin Granville visited campus, our English Pros(e) Club hosted an intimate potluck where they chatted with Kevin about the joys of writing and paths to the variety of "real world" writing careers.

At St. Ambrose, many of our students complement their English/Writing degree with a second major or minor. Common combinations include English & History, English & Political Science, English & Philosophy, and Writing & PR/Marketing.

There are yet more ways to expand your world by studying English.