• Maia Hawthorne in an Core English classroom
  • Maia Hawthorne teaching an English Class

English Department

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

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Department Publications

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, Franciscan Health - Rensselaer, 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


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.  



Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.