English students at SJC

English (minor)

In addition to offering BAs in English: Creative Writing and English: Literature, SJC’s Department of English also offers a minor in English. The 18-credit hour program is designed to equip students with strong analytical and communication skills, as well as to make students knowledgeable about a wide array of literature. The minor is an excellent complement to every major.



Only available as a minor

Why English

  • 1 Even though the job market is constantly changing, one thing never changes - the need for effective writers and communicators.
  • 2 Regardless of your major, minoring in English is a great place to begin developing the writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills you will need to succeed in your career.
  • 3 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.”


Careers in English

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

Alumni Graduate Schools

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

Why Study English at Saint Joseph’s College?


Although our English minor is designed to equip students with strong writing skills, analytical skills, and literature knowledge, English minors are given a lot of freedom. After taking two required introduction courses, SJC English minors may choose to finish their minor with any of the other Department of English courses, including classes in creative writing, journalism, American literature, British literature, and more. As a result, English minors can tailor their minor according to their needs and interests.   

Hands-on Experience

English students often staff our two department publications - Measure, a creative arts magazine, and The Observer, our student-produced campus newspaper. Internships are also available. SJC English students have recently held internships with Franciscan Health - Rensselaer, 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, our English minors actually earn 63 credit hours of reading and writing knowledge. Core also gives English students the opportunity to better understand the cultures of those who have written the literature that they study.

Faculty and Class Size

SJC English minors 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. English students have direct access to these experts in classes ranging from 10 to 20 students, which helps English minors develop as both writers and thinkers.

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.