English Department

Why Study English at Fisher?

As an English major or minor at Fisher, you'll find yourself well prepared for graduate school and careers in business, law, teaching, marketing, public service, non-governmental work, and many other areas.

The department supports experiential learning through internships, service learning, public presentations, independent study, and honors theses.

Courses provide you with practice in reading and writing a rich array of textual forms: fiction, poetry, plays, academic and personal essays, speeches, visual rhetoric, and new media.

You'll develop expertise in critical reading and writing—the ability to engage meaningfully with diverse texts from a range of cultural traditions and historical periods.

The English Major at Fisher

If you major in English, you'll choose from more than 60 courses in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, composition studies, and professional and technical writing. You will also choose one of two concentrations: writing or literature. However, electives within the program will encourage you to explore both areas and develop a lifelong interest in reading, as well as a versatile set of writing skills.

Literature Concentration

The literature concentration focuses on producing critical thinkers and writers, using the study of English, American and world literature to promote an understanding of how language shapes history and everyday life.

Writing Concentration

The writing concentration focuses on producing versatile writers capable of responding to diverse environments and ever-changing landscapes for communication.

Program Requirements

The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most current English Program Requirements, including course descriptions.

Student Spotlights

Check out what some of our outstanding students have to say about their experiences as English majors! [Videos by Ciera Carhart]

English Department News


Fisher to Participate in 2015 “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book” Program


St. John Fisher College will be participating in this year’s “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book” program by Writers and Books, and will hold a campus roundtable and serve as a host site in the chosen author’s reading tour. Lavery Library, the Visual and Performing Arts Program, English Department, and the Sustainability Program are sponsoring the events. Read More


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