Majors & Minors

Do you want an education you will really use?  Benefit from real-life academics by starting your major in freshman year. Through our nationally acclaimed Core Program, you get the thinking and communication skills employers require, with lots of experience in your major from hands-on learning.

  • Whether you are interested, for example, in Computer Science or Digital Media & Journalism, you can start your major in your first semester

Academic Catalog: 2015-2016 (PDF)

Did you know that having a mentor makes you more successful? Small schools offer a “personalized education,” but at SJC, you learn even more through your own academic mentors. Whether you are deciding on your major or already know, your academic mentors allow you to tailor your education to meet your needs and offer you strong support to help you succeed no matter what you decide to study.

  • Small classes/student-faculty ratio = 14:1
  • Average class size is 14
  • 69% of full-time faculty have PhD or terminal degree

Do you want to be educated for the 21st century? Research shows that employees change careers several times; a technical degree is outdated before you graduate; and jobs in this century will require “big picture” thinking. This means that a Saint Joseph’s College degree, a liberal education for the “whole person,” will prepare you for your entire professional life.

  • We have a new Sustainability Studies minor and a new Education Studies major.
  • We have a new MS in Forensic Science, MS in Forensic Entomology (with Thesis), and non-degree Forensic Science Professional Development Series Program. 

Do you want to be a citizen of the world? Whether you plan to live and work in the US or travel far and wide, Core and the major work in harmony to develop the skills for your success in a competitive global society.  Students in Core discuss current events and become familiar with diverse cultures and civilizations.

Still deciding on a major? Academic mentors will get you moving down the right path. We are committed to supporting your expectations and keeping you on track to graduate in four years.

    • Build your academic repertoire with Group Majors
    • Stand out in your career with specializations
    • Design the major and minor YOU want
    • Undecided?  We have the support team to guide you to graduation

    27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program

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.