St. Bonaventure University

English Program

The Department of English at St. Bonaventure offers two undergraduate majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (see below)
  • Bachelor or Arts in literary publishing and editing (go to website)

Bachelor of Arts in English

The major in English offers courses in the literature and literary history of England and America and communication courses in creative, professional, and digital writing and public speaking. English courses are open to all students, regardless of their major.

The chief purpose of a major in English is to enable students to analyze, contextualize, and evaluate significant literature and other writing in the English language, as well as to develop the student’s ability to read, write, and speak English as effectively as possible.

The department takes pride in the success its graduates have achieved in graduate studies, publishing, education, marketing, law — indeed, in virtually every major career area not demanding extensive and particular technical preparation.

Alumni Spotlight

Her professors’ dedication and excitement helped Iris Archer, English and Adolescence Education double major, find a model for the type of teacher she wants to be. Meet Iris and other English alumni.

Student Testimonials

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Chattertons Poetry Club

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Chattertons is a club dedicated to the art of poetry.

Whether our members draw inspiration from rap and hip hop, traditional poetry or theater, we all write, study, and perform poetry.

In addition to weekly poetry workshops, we facilitate open mic nights in Café La Verna, visits from famous performance poets and a poetry event each semester displaying all of the talent the club holds.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Laurel Literary Magazine

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The Laurel is St. Bonaventure’s campus literary magazine and the oldest continuously-published college literary magazine in the United States. The magazine is published in the fall and spring.

Contributions of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, photographs, and non-photographic visual art are welcome.

All editorial decisions, including the selections of work to publish, are made democratically by staff members—all of whom are current students.

For more information, visit The Laurel's website.

Program information

The Department of English offers a variety of courses, which, with a few exceptions, are open to qualified students whether or not they major in English. Here are upcoming/recent offerings:

The department offers a B.A. in English and a minor in English.

Bachelor of Arts in English

The major in English enables the student to understand, appreciate and evaluate the significant literature in the English language as well as to develop the student's ability to read, write, and speak English as effectively as possible.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the English major

  • Minor in English

    For non-majors, the English minor provides a solid grounding in English literature and the sharpening of reading and writing skills to complement their major fields.

    Requirements for the minor in English

    Want to minor in English? It's easy! English minor form

    Interested in literary publishing & editing?

    The English Department also offers a B.A. in literary publishing & editing. To learn more, visit the Literary Publishing & Editing Program.

    News, Publications & Research
      Sep 08, 2023 | Sandra Mulryan, former lecturer of English, and her husband, Dr. John Mulryan, professor emeritus of English, taught a combined 71 years at St. Bonaventure University before retiring from full-time work (she in 2013 and he in 2011). They touched the lives of thousands of Bona students throughout their careers.

      May 08, 2023 | Four St. Bonaventure University undergraduate students have completed membership requirements for 2023 induction into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. They were formally recognized at an induction ceremony on May 2.

      Apr 21, 2023 | At the Northeast Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Niagara Falls, New York, on March 25, Dr. Lauren Matz, professor of English, presented a paper on one of Anglo-American writer Henry James’s early short stories.