Bachelor of Arts in English


Study classical and contemporary literature, participate in research projects, and express yourself through writing and discussion with Saint Joseph’s English degree.

As an English major, you will develop writing, critical reasoning, and interpretive and research skills. You will also be enriched intellectually and spiritually through creative interaction with the best of the world’s literature. The Bachelor of Arts in English includes two semesters of foreign language study.

At a Glance

  • Rigorous curriculum allows students to develop strong skills in analysis, research, and writing.
  • Provides a solid background in research and communication, skills that are required for graduate study.
  • Internships with area businesses and paid on-campus positions as writing tutors.
  • Faculty boasting more than 30 published books and scholarly articles.


The Bachelor of Arts in English at Saint Joseph’s College features a rich and varied curriculum rooted in the classics yet reflective of the changing world. Course highlights include American literature, British literature, Old and Middle English literature, Romanticism, and more.

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

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

Bachelor of Arts in English with Secondary Education Minor
Students who aspire to teach high school English will take a series of education courses in the secondary education minor, and complete a semester of student teaching in their senior year. This course of study has been approved by the State of Maine Department of Education and allows students to apply for certification as high school teachers; students from other states will work with their secondary education advisor to secure current certification requirements for those states.


Lane Gibson
Lane GibsonAssistant Professor
PhD, Columbia University BA, College of William and Mary
Wendy Galgan
Wendy GalganChair, Associate Professor
PhD, CUNY MLS, Pratt Institute BA, CUNY


Bob Zilg
Bob Zilg '76

Meet 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.

Michaela Hotham
Michaela Hotham

As a student, Michaela Hotham interned with the Saint Joseph’s College Magazine, and was a Writing Center student tutor.

Nico Tarquinio
Nico Tarquinio

When Nico Tarquinio ’10 was a freshman, he didn’t know where his degree would take him. Since graduation, he’s written blogs, earned a law degree and now works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


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.