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Writing is self-expression, while reading enriches your comprehension of the world outside yourself. Fisher’s English program teaches you many ways to tap into these resources—necessary tools for academic, career, and personal success.

Through this program, you will become immersed in a rich array of textual forms, from the traditional (fiction, poetry, plays, essays, speeches) to the contemporary (visual rhetoric, new media, digital literacy).

English majors choose one of two concentrations, literature or writing. But the two tracks are by no means mutually exclusive. You are able—indeed, encouraged—to explore both areas, thereby developing analytic proficiency and versatile writing skills no matter which path you take.

Program Overview

Choose from more than 60 courses in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, composition studies, and professional and technical writing.

A total of 36.5 credits is required for the B.A. degree in English, regardless of the concentration. A bonus feature of this program is that several English courses may be counted toward the College Core requirements.

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

The coursework you will complete as an English major builds many valuable skills sought by prospective employers, such as:

  • Clear, accurate, and persuasive writing
  • Research and organizational abilities
  • Careful, analytical thinking
  • Creative problem-solving

Life After Fisher

As an English major at Fisher, you'll find yourself well prepared for careers in:

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Technical writing
  • Public administration
  • Teaching

Graduates of Fisher's English program have held a variety of titles with a variety of organizations including:

  • Manager of digital research and analytics at ESPN
  • Director of Writing Center at Keuka College
  • Associate attorney at Blitman & King
  • Director of advocacy at Center for Disability Rights
  • Learning and resource coordinator, Office of International Affairs at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Staff writer and photographer at Social Science Research Network
  • English teacher at Mohanasen Central School District
  • Copywriter at Magnatag Visible Solutions

I will always rave about the English department and remember how much it meant (and still means) to me. I couldn't be where I am today without the department's guidance and passion for this subject. ”

Liz Gorney
  • Liz Gorney '13
  • Media Buyer at Access to Media

Fisher’s English and Education departments both have excellent professors that promote growth and learning. There is always room for analysis and discussion to reach a deeper understanding. Both departments strive to achieve open-mindedness and foster a growth mindset. ”

Dominique Recuparo
  • Dominique Recuparo ’17
  • Middle School Academic Intervention Services Teacher, Syracuse City School District

The reading, writing, and analytical skills I learned in the English program have been the most useful and transferable assets I could have received. ”

Jesse Sleezer
  • Jesse Sleezer '09
  • Director of Communications for Monroe County