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Student writing

The English Department serves the students, campus, and community through the study of literature, writing, language, and theory. The Department prepares students for graduate programs and for careers in fields such as teaching, journalism, advertising, public relations, law, business, library science, professional writing, and editing for publications.

We hope to provide students with a broad knowledge of the history and development of literature in English, as well as to develop their reading, writing, speaking, critical and analytical skills to prepare them for graduate studies and careers. We also hope to instill in students an appreciation for literature as a means of understanding human experience.


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Contemporary Writers Series

Each year, the Contemporary Writers Series brings celebrated writers conduct workshops on campus, including Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney; author of The English Patient Michael Ondaatje; recipient of the National Book Award Jaimy Gordon; and popular performance poet Sarah Kay.

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Alpha Chi Iota

ACI serves as Aquinas College’s Chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta national English honors society and seeks to uphold its mission to “confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature,” to “foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language and writing,” to “exhibit high stands of academic excellence,” and to “serve society by fostering literacy.”

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The Saint

Students love Aquinas for its small classes, personal attention, access to faculty, and hands-on experiences.

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The Sampler

You can learn through volunteer activities and field trips to medical and research facilities.

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Student Research


Check out the current and past research that Aquinas students do with faculty to further the world's knowledge.Read More about Student Research



Common Career Paths

  • Creative Writing
    • Fiction and nonfiction
    • Poetry, plays, screenplays, and scripts
    • Commercial writing (e.g. greeting cards, jingles)
  • Journalism:
    • Writing/Reporting
    • Podcast script writing
    • Editing
    • Critique
  • Professional writing
    • Copywriting and editing
    • Blogging
    • Speech writing
    • Column writing
    • Social media writing and management

Source: What Can I Do With This Major?

Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2022

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Writers and Authors:

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
54,010 $44.02 $91,560


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.04 $24.51 $35.17 $50.48 $77.53
Annual Wage $39,610 $50,980 $73,150 $105,000 $161,260

For more information see: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Student Profiles

Graduate School

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Alumni Profiles

AQ grads are thankful for the small class sizes that allow them to form personal relationships with professors.