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Why English?

English majors gain a diverse range of profession skills that are highly valuable in today’s job market. The ability to read and write critically, analyze texts, and communicate effectively are all skills that are highly sought after by employers. In addition, English majors learn to think creatively and independently, which helps them succeed in any field they choose to pursue.

English majors at Schreiner University also have the opportunity to study a diverse range of texts and authors, which helps them gain a deeper understanding of human nature and the complex world we live in. This knowledge is useful in any profession, as it allows English majors to understand and to communicate with people from all backgrounds.

Furthermore, an English major is a great way to explore different career options. Graduates with a degree in English have gone on to successful careers in fields such as education, law, religion, marketing, journalism, publishing, advertising, public relations, and management, among many others. The skills and knowledge that you will gain while studying literature and language at Schreiner University are transferable to a wide range of industries.

In short, the English major at Schreiner University is an excellent choice for incoming college freshman who want to gain valuable skills and explore diverse career options. It’s an interesting, challenging and rewarding choice that will help you succeed in today’s job market as you continue to study the literature you love and hone the strong communication and critical thinking skills that will set you apart from other majors.

Take a look at these program highlights:

  • Work on The Muse, the university journal of creative writing, non-fiction, art, and photography.
  • Performances and scholarly presentations by renown artists and writers through the department’s Texas Coffeehouse Series, Texas Writers Conference, and the Syers Shakespeare Lecture.
  • Membership opportunities in Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society and the Mountaineer Literary Society.
  • Annual trips to Austin and San Antonio for performances of Shakespeare by Actors from the London Stage
  • Travel abroad to literary locations of note in England, Ireland, and other locations.


Kathleen Hudson
Kathleen Hudson, PhD
Professor of English
Academic Affairs


  • B.A., Texas Christian University
  • M.A., North Texas State University
  • Ph.D., Texas Christian University


  • 1985 to Present: Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
    Rhetoric, Creative writing, Drama, Mythology, Survey of Literature, World Literature, Technical Writing Director of the Freshman Experience


  • Book: Telling Stories, Singing Songs; an album of Texas songwriters, University of Texas Press, 2000. (on shelves, March 2001)
  • Kerrville Daily Times – Weekly Column on Texas Music (1989-2001)
  • “Interviews: Stories That Make A Difference,” an essay in Visions Across The Americas, ed. by Sterling Warner
  • Writers on Writing: An Eclectic Approach to Teaching Composition (dissertation)
  • Equus: A Psychological Approach (thesis)
  • Atencion, Correspondent – English newspaper in San Miguel de Allende
  • Freelance Writer with stories in: Spin, Dallas Times Herald, Living blues Magazine, TravelHost, Old Time Country, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Vista, Kerrville Mountain Sun, Buddy Magazine, others


  • Naropa (Boulder, CO), summer 1992, 1993: Writing Institute
  • MIDEM (Cannes, France) 1987-1990, 1993, 1997 Young Rhetorician’s Conference in Monterrey, CA 1989-1991, 1997-2001
  • Nashville Radio Seminar 1986-1988
  • Blues Awards in Memphis 1985-1988
  • Jimmie Rodgers Festival & Country Music Seminar 1989
  • National Oral History Conference, Galveston, TX 1989


  • Executive Director — Texas Heritage Music Foundation (1987-2001)
  • Producer – Texas Heritage Living History, Kerrville, TX (1985-2001)
  • President/owner of Pegasus Press (one book, A Further Being by Kirpal Gordon)
  • Elderhostel leader: Creative writing/Texas Music and Heritage, 1990-2001
  • Keynote speaker at English Council of California Two-Year Colleges, October, 2001, “The Power of Stories in Teaching and Learning”
  • Keynote speaker at annual Phi Theta Kappa meeting, July, 2001 “The Power of the Stories We Tell in Building Community”
  • Workshop and seminars on writing, power of stories, education as transformation, teaching and learning with stories, PIP, and more


  • Trainer, Past is Prologue, 1997-2001 Spring Writers Conference at Schreiner University (1989-2001) April 18, 2002, features Sandra Cisneros
  • Texas Music Coffeehouse at Schreiner/monthly showcase
  • Sponsor of The Muse, the creative writing magazine at Schreiner University


  • 2010 Minnie Piper Stevens Award
  • Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award, Schreiner University, 2001
  • Harriet Garrett Teacher of the Year Award, Schreiner College, 1992, 1993
  • Whitehurst Creative Teaching Award, Schreiner College, 1990, 1994
  • Texas Press Women, newspaper column, first place, 1989
  • Texas Press women, personality profile, first place, 1989
  • “On Stage” Award, Texas Music Association in San Antonio, 1989
  • Small Business of the Year, Kerrville, 1987
  • Schreiner Professor Awarded Prestigious Piper Award

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