English Creative Writing students

English: Creative Writing

Our English: Creative Writing major is designed for those who seriously desire careers in creative writing, as well as those who intend to work in such fields as journalism, advertising, public relations, law, other media, and those who want writing to be a part of their lives.



BA in English: Creative Writing (4 year)

Why English: Creative Writing?

  • 1Even though the job market is constantly changing, one thing never changes - the need for effective writers and communicators.
  • 2According to The Princeton Review, “Creative Writing majors blend the love and study of books that come with being an English major with the creative freedom and expression of being an artist. It is the best of both worlds, one that gives you the opportunity to read the greatest works of literature and in the process allows you time to focus on your own development as a writer.”
  • 3Whether you want to pursue a career in creative writing, technical writing, law, journalism, advertising, or public relations, studying English: Creative Writing is a great place to begin developing the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills you will need to succeed.

Careers in English: Creative Writing

  • Advertising Executive
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Web Editor
  • Writer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Indiana University
  • DePaul University
  • Valparaiso University

Why Study English: Creative Writing at Saint Joseph's College?


Even if you already know what you would like to do with your Creative Writing degree after graduation, the SJC English: Creative Writing curriculum enables you to explore and experiment with several with styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. A degree in English: Creative Writing is also excellent preparation for law school.  


English: Creative Writing students often staff our two department publications - Measure, a creative arts magazine, and The Observer, our student-produced campus newspaper. Performance scholarships are available to those who take part in The Observer and/or Measure. Many English: Creative-Writing students are also hired to direct and staff the College's Writing Clinic, where they give other students one-on-one help with papers. English: Creative Writing students also have opportunities to enroll in writing workshops, where they can develop their writing skills in the company of other writers. Students are also encouraged to pursue internships. SJC English students have recently held internships with Franciscan Health - Rensselaer, SJC’s Integrated Marketing Office, the Robinson Memorial Library, the Prairie Arts Council, the Rensselaer Public Library, Green Alternatives, Inc., and Vandon House in London.  


SJC’s Core Program has proven to be advantageous for our English students. Because our Core Program is writing-intensive, a degree in English: Creative Writing from SJC means you will have read and written twice as much as English: Creative Writing graduates from other schools. Thus, you will virtually have a double major in English. Core will also give you the opportunity to better understand the cultures of those who have written the literature that you will be studying. The interplay between Core and the major develops graduates who are confident in their reading, analytic, writing, and oral communication skills. 


At SJC, you will work 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. You will have direct access to these experts in classes ranging from 10 to 20 students, and they will get to know you personally throughout the course of the program, helping you develop as both a writer and a thinker.

“The professors teach more than what is in books, and the lessons you receive from the papers and assignments will reach to all areas in your life at SJC and beyond.  The Creative Writing classes are some of my best memories at SJC.” – Ashlee Doty ’11 of Griffith, Ind.

“More than just taking time to know each student, professors help to edit your plans and proposals, including those proposals for how you would run your own utopia (or dystopia).” – Sabrina Butts Esper ’11 of Bloomington, Ind.

Ashley R Brinkman '16

Ashley Brinkman '16

Major:  Art

Minor: English

Hometown: Jasper, Indiana


"It is easy to get involved on campus and gain experience for the future here at SJC."

Explore the Core
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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

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    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.