Jump in to Life at SJC

You've started thinking about careers. Maybe you're leaning toward a particular area - or two. Perhaps you're researching the possibilities. Or maybe you have no idea what you want to study. Don't worry - you have plenty of company and plenty of time to figure it out.

The major you ultimately select is important, as it determines your career path after graduation. Our distinctive Core curriculum - a nationally acclaimed program that connects knowledge across the disciplines - will ensure your success no matter which major you choose.

Discover Your Passion

Through our Core curriculum, you'll study a variety of topics - history, English, art, science, philosophy, and others - that are combined into 10 courses that start your freshman year and conclude in your senior year. You'll be exposed to new ideas and perspectives that will help you find your passion. You'll consider options from among our many major, minor, and pre-professional programs. They all lead to careers and teach you the skills that employers seek - communication, leadership, teamwork, organization, time management, decision making, and confidence.

We've structured our academic requirements to allow for exploring. You're likely to finish your college career in four years if you declare a major by the end of your sophomore year and complete a prescribed sequence of courses.

Studies show that employers are as interested in your knowledge in a certain area as they are your skills and work experience. A broad liberal arts education - like the one you'll receive at Saint Joseph's College - will more than prepare you for any employer's expectations.

Helpful Hints

At SJC, we give you the best possible start with one-on-one advising starting with Early Registration in the spring and summer before your freshman year. Upon enrollment at SJC, you'll be assigned a freshman advisor who will help you select courses for your first semester and examine potential majors. Your freshman and academic advisors will ensure that you stay on track and meet academic requirements. In addition, you can:

  • Learn more about all the opportunities available to you at Saint Joseph's College with a campus visit. A personal visit is the best way to determine if SJC is the college for you. You'll meet faculty members and current students, explore possible majors, and tour our beautiful 180-acre campus.
  • Sign up for an Early Registration Day. It encompasses a series of events aimed at introducing you to the SJC experience. You'll attend sessions on such areas as advising, registration, technology and information services, the Core curriculum, financial aid, and graduation requirements. You'll also get the scoop on life at Saint Joseph's directly from current students.
  • Acclimate to college life with our Freshman Seminar, which provides information on such areas as academic support, study skills, relationship building, Campus Ministry, and social adjustment. This first semester course also addresses career preparation.
  • Take advantage of resources in the SJC Career Development Center. Various tools are available, including a career-interest inventory computer program that matches your interests with potential careers. In addition, counselors will help assess your strengths and skills.
  • Get involved in more than 50 student clubs and organizations. Along the way, you'll make some new discoveries about yourself that could help you confirm possible academic or career choices.

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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.