BA English - Advanced Literary Study

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Discover your new favorite author. Discover big ideas. Discover how literature illuminates the diversity of the human experience. In this English degree specialization, you’ll explore American, British and world literature; hone your research, writing and speaking skills; and learn various critical approaches to texts.

Why choose English with an Advanced Literary Study Specialization at Saint Leo?

Advanced Literary Study students engage in robust discussions around major historical periods and genres, works of individual writers, and literary history and criticism—from Romanticism to Modernism, from Shakespeare to contemporary Latin American fiction. Your professors are expert scholars and practicing authors who ask the tough questions, and inspire real creativity.

Expand upon your studies by joining Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Sigma Tau Delta membership is available to any student who has taken at least 12 English credits and has a 3.0 GPA or higher. Members have the chance to improve their writing and reading skills, learn organizational leadership skills, and build friendships. Sigma Tau Delta involves itself in campus life by holding events such as book drives and poetry readings with published writers. In addition, the organization is philanthropic in nature. It holds a Better World Book Drive during finals week. The collected used books to those in need. Sigma Tau Delta offers students the opportunity to travel off campus as well. Every spring, members attend the national convention to speak, present papers and stories, and be a part of roundtable discussions.

Every other year, a variable content course, IDS 340: International Influences in Arts and Humanities in the Western World is offered which allows students the unique opportunity to study the literature and the arts and travel abroad. For the entire Fall semester, students analyze the culture and arts of Ireland, Britain, France or Italy and then, in November, the class visits the country under study. IDS 340 offers an attractive alternative to both semester- or year-long study abroad and existing summer travel options. The first trip in 2008 was to Ireland and England and it was dubbed “London Calling.” The second trip was to Paris the following year and was named “Vive La France.” The 2011 trip to Italy was called “La Dolce Vita.” The most recent trip was to Ireland and went by the moniker “Erin Go Bragh!” The 2014 trip, “Haunted Britain,” will tour Scotland and England.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Latin American Literature
  • African American Literature
  • The Graphic Novel
  • Shakespeare
  • Studies in Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Literary Criticism

Professional development opportunities

  • Internships: Interact with local and national media through Saint Leo’s University Communications and Athletic Communications offices. Spread your wings off-campus at the Associated Press or Tampa Bay Times.
  • Conferences: Attend writing and English Honor Society conferences.
  • Guest lecturers: Meet luminaries such as U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine, poet and fiction-writer Valada Flewellyn, ESPN writer Pat Yasinskas and filmmaker Ralph Clemente.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of the Alpha Alpha Alpha chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Contribute to Sandhill Review literary magazine and The Lions' Pride student newspaper.

What can you do with an Advanced Literary Study specialization?

Graduates attend M.A. and M.F.A. programs in Writing. They also succeed in a variety of careers in advertising, public relations, editing, publishing and teaching. Some also pursue graduate study in English, library science and law.

  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • News Reporter
  • Publisher
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Literacy Program Coordinator
  • English Teacher
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Linguist

Where are Saint Leo English grads now?

  • American TESOL Institute
  • AUA Language Center, Thailand
  • Florida Legal Group
  • Lancaster University, England
  • Newcastle University, England
  • Pasco County Schools
  • Scholastic Books
  • Trinity College, Ireland
  • U.S. Army
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wesley Chapel High School

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