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Why study English? You may speak it; we help you unlock it. Master the power, beauty, dangers, and limits of the language by exploring the works of authors from William Shakespeare to Toni Morrison. You’ll read literature that helps you develop empathy and insight. In this major, you'll become an independent and critical thinker, skilled in the ways language can be used to mislead or inspire.

Through this program, you will become immersed in a rich array of textual forms, from the traditional (fiction, poetry, plays, essays, speeches) to the contemporary (visual rhetoric, new media, digital literacy).

The English major at Fisher offers you a lens through which to explore the world. Through the study of literature and writing, our students encounter works of art from the past and present, imagine unfamiliar perspectives, and practice high-demand skills. Students may pursue their own interests and develop new ones, while examining the roles of creativity, rhetoric, and literary production in our ever-changing world.

Program Overview

A total of 36.5 credits is required for the B.A. degree in English degree at Fisher. Your coursework will support your interests and career goals, as well as help you create a portfolio of your writing and related projects. Program electives allow you to explore topics such as film and media, gaming, and gender. You’ll gain valuable writing skills that can be applied to careers in business, science-based, or legal professions.

As an English major, learning will take many forms inside the classroom and beyond. Gain professional experience at local publications, nonprofits, media companies, and more. You will be encouraged to engage in study abroad experiences to provide a global context for your learning and future career. The program also supports experiential learning through internships, community-engaged learning, public presentations, independent study, and honors theses.

The coursework you will complete as an English major builds many valuable and in-demand skills, such as:

  • Clear, accurate, and persuasive writing
  • Research and organizational abilities
  • Careful, analytical thinking
  • Creative problem-solving

Honors Option in English

The English department offers a degree with Honors in English You will complete a substantial project in literary or rhetorical criticism or creative writing and must have achieved at least a 3.50 GPA in both English courses and a 3.50 GPA overall to qualify. Specific courses and activities are required, visit the course catalog for detailed information. 

Life After Fisher

Fisher English alumni find careers in a wide range of industries, including advertising, public relations, fundraising, and grant writing. Your degree will prepare you for a broad range of careers in publishing, law, technical writing, teaching, or public administration. 

Alumni of Fisher's English program have established careers with a variety of organizations including:

  • ESPN
  • Keuka College
  • Blitman & King
  • Center for Disability Rights
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Social Science Research Network
  • Mohanasen Central School District
  • Magnatag Visible Solutions

Seek out a passionate mentor--there's no better place to do it than at Fisher. The faculty are so above and beyond invested in the learning and success of students. Find something you are enthralled by and delve into a research project about it. This is often a defining experience for undergraduates. ”

Shannon DeHoff
  • Shannon DeHoff '17
  • Graduate Assistant, Penn State University

I will always rave about the English department and remember how much it meant (and still means) to me. I couldn't be where I am today without the department's guidance and passion for this subject. ”

Liz Gorney
  • Liz Gorney '13
  • Media Buyer at Access to Media

Fisher’s English and Education departments both have excellent professors that promote growth and learning. There is always room for analysis and discussion to reach a deeper understanding. Both departments strive to achieve open-mindedness and foster a growth mindset. ”

Dominique Recuparo
  • Dominique Recuparo ’17
  • Middle School Academic Intervention Services Teacher, Syracuse City School District

The reading, writing, and analytical skills I learned in the English program have been the most useful and transferable assets I could have received. ”

Jesse Sleezer
  • Jesse Sleezer '09
  • Director of Communications for Monroe County