Skip to content
Professor VanderBuilt engaging with students in the classroom.
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
  • Fisher family:1


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 and 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 students 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.  Students 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.

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, community-engaged 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 pursuing positions such as:

  • Attorney
  • Director of advocacy
  • Manager of digital research and analytics 
  • Staff writer and photographer
  • Director of Writing Center
  • Learning and resource coordinator
  • Copywriter

English graduates find careers in a wide range of industries, including:

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

Alumni of Fisher's English program have established careers with a variety of organizations including:

  • ESPN
  • Keuka College
  • Blitman & King
  • Center for Disability Rights
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Social Science Research Network
  • Mohanasen Central School District
  • 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