Dr. Maia Hawthorne, Assistant Professor of English

October 25, 2013

A Passion for Stories

"I love stories!  I have always loved well crafted tales."  This is how Maia describes her passion for her field.  One of her favorite courses to teach is Early American Literature.  Currently she has a very enthusiastic group in this course—they bring their passion and strong desire to talk about "what makes a good story."  

Maia is a strong supporter of the Core Program.  She was involved with revamping the Core 1 curriculum and is proud of the result.  Her description of Core: "Core adds dimension to who we are as human beings, and Core One plays a part in that. The Core One curriculum is a story carefully constructed to help make students aware of themselves as inhabitants of a particular moment in history."

Majoring in English at SJC

If talking to a prospective student about majoring in English at SJC, she would describe a "solid program in Literature, teaching English, and Creative Writing." She would describe" the dynamism of the classes, the socialization, and the class discussions."  Maia would want the applicant to understand the value of "the marriage of your major and Core and how it will make you incredibly well read and prepared for the world." She also noted "the social nature and collegiality" of the English Department classes.

Alumni English Majors

Maia notes that many English majors have gone into teaching, public relations, freelance editing, the Peace Corps, and law school.  One English major created the BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program in which students from the local community are tutored at SJC.


News More news

Events Calendar

Explore the Core
  • 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. 

  • Mentorship

    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.

  • Leadership

    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.

  • 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.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Mentorship

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

  • High Quality Academics

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


  • Leadership

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

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.