SJC’s Core Program has proven to be advantageous for our English students. Because our Core Program is reading- and writing-intensive, our Department of English students read and write twice as much as English graduates from other schools. As a result, our Department of English students virtually earn a double major in English. In addition to reaping the benefits of our nationally acclaimed Core Program, Department of English students have the benefit of working closely with professors who have published articles, fiction, and poetry in a variety of respected journals and magazines; these professors help and encourage their students to do the same. Thanks to our dedicated faculty, our English students are able to develop as both writers and thinkers.
The Department of English includes the following programs and majors:
Clubs and Activities
Resources and Downloads
- SJC Academic Catalog
- SJC English Facebook page
- “The Ideal English Major”: Considering becoming an English major? The Chronicle of Education can help.
Opportunities for Hands-on Experience
Department of English students often staff our two department publications: Measure, a creative arts magazine, and The Observer, our campus newspaper. Measure is our annual publication of literature and visual art created by students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The magazine is advertised, juried, and produced by a staff of students. The magazine also sponsors monthly readings at one of the campus coffee shops. The Observer, the College's student-produced newspaper, is always recruiting bright minds to write hard-hitting news, in-depth features, and breaking sports information. Published twice a month, the newspaper's writers and editors meet frequently to assign articles, map out story ideas, and discuss photography and design.
Department of English students have recently held internships with the Rensselaer Republican, Jasper County Hospital, Robinson Memorial Library, the Prairie Arts Council, the Rensselaer Public Library, Green Alternatives Inc., SJC’s Integrated Marketing Office, and Vandon House in London.
“The Ideal English Major”: Considering becoming an English major? The Chronicle of Education can help.
Department Majors and Minors
- Victoria Berenda ’16
- Mike Koscielny ’10
- Morgan Myers '12
- David Santangelo '09
- Angela Williams Palm ’04
Every spring, the Department of English hosts the Annual English Banquet to applaud the achievements of senior English graduates and to celebrate the end of the year. The department also meets regularly with graduates who come to campus to help faculty in their classrooms and advise students on career opportunities.