Program Overview

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a Bachelor degree in English for students who wish to focus on literary study, creative writing, and technical and professional writing. Students who seek this education in English will focus on Literary and Critical Studies as an area of emphasis, studying material from the scope of human literary history, from a group of similar authors or literacy themes, to classes that focus on a single author or idea. 

These classes, in addition to lessons in history and cultures, allow the student to understand the background for literary and philosophical movements. Students will develop their understanding and skill as creative writers to strengthen the student’s skill as an author as a teacher in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and other subject. To prepare the student for a career in writing, students will study Technical and Professional writing. As part of the program, students will learn to use critical theory in the analysis of literature, conduct research on literary topics, and will learn how to apply critical thinking and research skills in the work place.

The curriculum will develop from general topics including literature and myth, creative nonfiction, creative writing, and modern world literature. Through this program, students can seek jobs in government publications, publishing, advertising, public relations, communications, marketing, and higher education. The program will also prepare students for a masters or doctorate degree in many fields. 

As part of the program, students will study literature fields including the age of Shakespeare, creative writing, literature and myth, British literature, American literature, American woman writers, poetry, creative nonfiction, women writers, fiction, modern world literature, and students will select a topic in English in order to choose their own career path.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, 4-year, liberal arts women’s college located in Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The school was founded in 1840 and was associated with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. In 1841, an academy for women was established by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI. SMWC is the oldest Catholic women’s college in the nation. The school was actually the first women’s college to offer journalism courses and degree work for secondary education.

    At present, SMWC offers associate, bachelor, and graduate degrees in over 30 majors on-campus and online.


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