English & Philosophy Department

Shakespeare! Austen! Vonnegut! Angelou! Snow College provides a rigorous and rewarding two-year introduction to English. Most students who complete the recommended English curriculum at Snow College transfer to four-year colleges or universities with full junior standing in the major. Our faculty includes scholars, philosophers, novelists, and poets who are experts in their fields as well as dedicated teachers.

English is the study of British, American, and world literature; literary theory; creative writing; technical writing; composition theory;  rhetorical theory, and (in some programs) women’s studies, folklore, American studies, multicultural studies, and film.

As an English major, you will study a variety of authors, genres, and literary periods. You will study language as a vehicle of utility and pleasure. You will study literature as a reflection of the human condition. Above all else, you will read and write extensively.

Snow College offers a rich selection of English courses, from foundational surveys to specialty courses like Outdoor Literature and Gothic Literature.

Two unique opportunities are available to English majors. Many students who study English at Snow College enjoy tutoring in the Writing Lab. Tutoring is an excellent way to serve the campus community. And, since many English majors eventually pursue careers in education, the tutoring experience is a good way to find out now if teaching is something you like. Many students also enjoy working on the staff of Weeds, our campus literary magazine. One of Snow’s great advantages is that you will be able pursue a staff position on Weeds during your freshman and sophomore years. At most four-year colleges, such positions usually go to juniors and seniors.

Once they have left Snow College, students who have tutored in the Writing Lab can usually find work in a campus writing center. Students who have worked on the staff of Weeds can usually find work on a student literary magazine or newspaper. Such experiences may also lead to scholarship opportunities that would otherwise not be available.

And don’t forget: as an English major at Snow College, you’ll get to study in one of world’s most beautiful and inspiring settings, with whitewater rafting, redrock hiking, alpine skiing, and a rich urban culture all within a pleasant day’s drive.



Students who complete philosophy classes at Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they:

  • can explain how philosophy is done and the major issues in the areas of logic, metaphysics, epistemology, political, and moral philosophy;
  • can articulate and argue his or her own beliefs in each of the areas of philosophy;
  • can analyze and evaluate an argument in philosophy.

Students who complete an Associate Degree and continue on for further schooling find employment mainly in teaching. In addition many philosophy majors are accepted into law school.


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