Why English: Literature?
- 1 According to The Princeton Review, “A working knowledge of literature is an invaluable component of any liberal arts education. It is tremendous preparation for a future in law (or any professional training that requires interpreting written material, journalism, publishing, graduate studies, and just about anything else.”
- 2While the job market is constantly changing, one thing never changes - the need for effective writers and communicators.
- 3 If you want to pursue a career in creative writing, technical writing, journalism, advertising, or public relations, an English: Literature major is the place to begin developing the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills you'll need to succeed on the job. A degree in English: Literature is also excellent preparation for law school.
Careers in English: Literature
- Advertising Executive
- Public Relations
- Reporter or Journalist
- Web Editor
Alumni Graduate Schools
- Harvard University
- Northwestern University
- University of Chicago
- Purdue University
- Indiana University
- Ball State University
- Valparaiso University
Why Study English at Saint Joseph's College?
Our English: Literature program will provide you with a strong foundation in various areas of world literature, with concentrations in American and British works. In addition to taking American and British literature classes, you will also be able to demonstrate your own writing skills in your choice of our creative writing classes, including Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Scriptwriting. Our English Literature graduates have found success in graduate school in literature, composition, and rhetoric, as well as law shool.
English: Literature 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: Literature students are also hired to direct and staff the College's Writing Clinic, where they give other students one-on-one help with papers. 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.
Twice the Knowledge
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.
Faculty and Class Size
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.