Our Lady of the Lake University OLLU offers bachelor's degrees in English that let students explore a variety of authors and genres from Shakespeare to Mexican-American Literature, while composition courses let them polish their skills in academic writing. A distinguished faculty, small class sizes and innovative courses and programs add to the valuable benefits of earning an English degree at OLLU.
The new concentration and minor in Professional and Technical Writing will teach students the skills to communicate digitally through the creation of technical and business documents and field-specific research methods and citation practices. The program allows for an emphasis in writing in various disciplines such as the sciences, the social sciences, medicine, and business.
Composition courses taught in computer labs enhance the writing experience. A mixture of service-learning and interdisciplinary courses offer students new pedagogical approaches to their studies. The senior portfolio, part of the graduation requirements for the program, allows students to reflect on their studies and prepare for career opportunities and graduate school.
Students interested in teaching English Language Arts at the secondary level (grades 7-12) receive a Bachelor of Arts in English. The degree requires courses in English and education.
English degree plans and course descriptions
The English department hosts a Literary Festival each year. For almost 20 years, OLLU has brought in authors, poets and performers to share their talent with the OLLU community as well as the public. OLLU students have the opportunity to meet with these guests in and out of the classroom and get feedback on some of their own work.
Student Publication: The Thing Itself
"The Thing Itself" is a literary journal that is published annually by the English department. Students, faculty and staff, as well as national and international writers and artists, can submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction and art for publication consideration in the journal. The journal's student editorial board and appointed faculty evaluate all entries for inclusion in the journal and professionals outside the University community select the winners of cash awards for best entries.
Students in the English program have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned authors. Nan Cuba, author and professor of English, serves as OLLU's official writer-in-residence, which means she lends her time, talent and energy to help students perfect their craft. Internationally acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros served as the previous writer-in-residence.
Visiting Writer Program
OLLU has welcomed well-known authors to campus to take part in the Visiting Writer Program. Under the program, an author visits OLLU for a semester to work with students and give a public reading. Learn more about the Visiting Writer Program.