Bachelor of Arts in English

opened bookThe major in English provides you with opportunities to study classical and contemporary literature, participate in research projects, and express yourself extensively through writing and discussion. As an English major, you will develop writing, critical reasoning, and interpretive and research skills. You will also be enriched intellectually, spiritually, and aesthetically through creative interaction with the best of the world's literature.

A major in English prepares you for entry into many different occupations. It is particularly suited to careers in teaching, journalism and mass media, publishing, Web design, library and archival work, advertising and public relations, business, law and government. Note: The Bachelor of Arts major in English includes two semesters of foreign language study.

Strengths of the program:

  • Develop strong skills in analysis, research and writing - all more highly prized by employers than ever before.
  • Sold background in research and communication skills required for graduate study and law school.
  • Varied curriculum rich in the classics and yet reflective of our changing world.
  • Internships with area businesses and paid on-campus positions as writing tutors
  • Faculty has published more than 30 books and scholarly articles.

English Minor

A minor in English is available and requires students to take 20 credits
in American literature, British literature, Shakespeare and electives.

Writing Minor

This minor is administrated by the English Department in cooperation
with the Business Administration and Communications Departments and requires 20 credit hours. 

English majors are players on the world stage

Bob ZilgMeet Bob Zilg, a 1976 English graduate of Saint Joseph’s. He manages corporate growth and strategy for MetLife – in their Europe, Middle East and Africa division in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His just a short walk from the tallest building in the world and traditional Middle Eastern market, selling gold and spices. And it all began for Zilg as an English major. “A lot of the liberal arts skills I learned – like research, writing reports, analysis – really paid off.”

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“Changing language: Change we can believe in?” – Ed Rielly

According to English professor Edward Rielly, the way we use language ignites strong passions, especially when we deviate from traditional “rules.” Yet language keeps changing as long as we speak it. Should we embrace change or hold the line? Or try for somewhere in the middle?