Why study English? You may speak it; we help you unlock it. Master the power, beauty, dangers, and limits of the language by exploring the works of authors from William Shakespeare to Toni Morrison. You’ll read literature that helps you develop empathy and insight. In this major, you'll become an independent and critical thinker, skilled in the ways language can be used to mislead or inspire.
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).
The English major at St. John Fisher College offers you a lens through which to explore the world. Through the study of literature and writing, our students encounter works of art from the past and present, imagine unfamiliar perspectives and practice high-demand skills. You will have the opportunity to pursue their own interests and develop new ones, while examining the roles of creativity, rhetoric, and literary production in our ever-changing world.
A total of 36.5 credits is required for the B.A. degree in English degree at Fisher. Your coursework will support your interests and career goals, as well as help you create a portfolio of your writing and related projects. Program electives allow you to explore topics such as film and media, gaming, and gender. You’ll gain valuable writing skills that can be applied to careers in business, science-based, or legal professions.
As an English major, learning will take many forms inside the classroom and beyond. Gain professional experience at local publications, nonprofits, media companies, and more. You will be encouraged to engage in study abroad experiences to provide a global context for your learning and future career. The program also supports experiential learning through internships, community-engaged learning, public presentations, independent study, and honors theses.
The coursework you will complete as an English major builds many valuable skills that are in demand sought by prospective employers, such as:
- Clear, accurate, and persuasive writing
- Research and organizational abilities
- Careful, analytical thinking
- Creative problem-solving
Honors Option in English
The English department offers a degree with Honors in English You will complete a substantial project in literary or rhetorical criticism or creative writing and must have achieved at least a 3.50 GPA in both English courses and a 3.50 GPA overall to qualify. Specific courses and activities are required, visit the course catalog for detailed information.
Life After Fisher
Fisher English alumni find careers in a wide range of industries, including advertising, public relations, fundraising, and grant writing. Your degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in publishing, law, technical writing, teaching, or public administration.
Alumni of Fisher's English program have established careers with a variety of organizations including:
- Keuka College
- Blitman & King
- Center for Disability Rights
- Oregon Health and Science University
- Social Science Research Network
- Mohanasen Central School District
- Magnatag Visible Solutions