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Department of English

At Saint Louis University, our graduates can work closely with faculty to tailor their program to meet their goals. You’ll graduate from SLU-Madrid with the research, analytic and communication skills to succeed in a wide range of professions.



A degree in English complements studies in business, engineering, political science and psychology and demonstrates cultural and linguistic proficiency for non-native speakers seeking work in English-speaking environments.

Along with courses in literature, our students take courses in various genres of creative writing and professional writing. These courses can enhance both personal creativity and professional competence. Also, both pre-medical and pre-law majors often use English as a preparatory degree for professional studies. The emphasis placed on analytical thinking and effective writing skills proves to be a valuable asset in graduate professional studies, where English majors rank among the most successful applicants.

You may complete a minor, graduate or undergraduate degree in English on the Madrid campus or move freely between the Madrid and St. Louis campuses.

Degree Programs


Our faculty offer students courses on significant themes, theories and topics that vary each semester.

Student Writing Prize

Each year, the Department of English recognizes students who excel in academic writing, creative writing and writing in Spanish. Students wishing to participate in one or more of these contests should complete the submission form below and email it with their entry to Laura Moyneur at Each entry requires a separate entry form.

Submissions should not include the applicant's name on any of the pages. An abbreviated title and page number must appear on the top right-hand side of each page.

Submissions will be judged based on the criteria listed for their category and should be turned in no later than Monday, April 23. Winners of the contests will be announced on the SLU-Madrid website on Monday, May 7. Awardees will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, May 11. One first-prize winner in each category will receive a 50 euro gift card. Each category will also award up to two runner-up prizes of books.

Manresa Award for Academic Writing in English

Eligible submissions are papers that have been submitted within the last year (from spring semester 2016 until now) to a SLU-Madrid undergraduate course. Limited to two entries per person. Papers will be judged based on:

  • Independent, original thinking
  • Resourceful and responsible use of outside research
  • Persuasive techniques of argumentation
  • Fair treatment and acknowledgement of other stances
  • Effective prose
Loyola Award for Creative Writing in English

Limited to one entry per genre, per person. Poetry entries may include collections. Works will be judged based on:

  • Perceptive, insightful exploration of image, character and/or theme (fiction or poetry)
  • Perceptive, insightful exploration of theme, place and/or personality (non-fiction)
  • Clear, lively use of language
  • Close attention to structure and craft
  • Good faith attempt to ensure accuracy and fairness (non-fiction)
Concurso de Escritura Creativa Ignacio de Loyola

Límite cinco hojas. Works will be judged based on:

  • Perspectiva
  • Desarrollo y exploración de los personajes
  • Técnicas narrativas
  • Ambientación de espacios
  • Técnicas de la argumentación y estructura


Each spring, the master's English students at SLU-Madrid host an international conference, inviting speakers from across Europe and around the world. This multi-day event includes a keynote speaker, panel discussions and networking receptions.

This year’s event will be held June 22-28 and is themed “Nature and Narrative: Writing, Literature and Pedagogy in the Anthropocene.” 

English Writing Center

Located on the first floor of Padre Rubio Hall, SLU-Madrid's English Writing Center assists students with developing, writing and editing English essays. Students are encouraged to make appointments, but drop-in help is also available.

Learn more about SLU-Madrid's English Writing Center