English Major

A degree in English offers excellent training for many careers. The explosion of web-based communications especially has created a demand for engaging writers. Employers continue to seek talented, articulate women and men who can analyze complex situations, think critically and write creatively and persuasively. While some graduates pursue advanced studies to prepare for teaching, others establish successful careers in a wide variety of fields.

The program acquaints students with many forms of literary expression, deepening their sensibilities and developing their intellectual skills. Critical thinking and concise communication are goals in every course. Students can choose concentrations in literature, writing, journalism, education, or drama, and often minor in another subject.

Small classes, careful advising, individualized instruction and discussion-oriented seminars provide a dynamic learning atmosphere. An active internship program offers opportunities to work in a variety of professions, including print journalism, other communications media, publishing, public relations, and community service. In addition, English faculty members offer direction to students wishing to develop a portfolio for admission to graduate programs or other career objectives, and students interested in pursuing professional writing careers may apply to Saint Joseph’s M.A. in Writing Studies program during their senior year.

Graduates have received doctoral degrees from top institutions, assuming teaching roles at distinguished colleges and universities. Others have enjoyed rewarding careers in law, medicine, traditional journalism, new media, public relations, writing/editing for professional or trade publications, and teaching at the middle school through high school levels.