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Master the power, beauty, dangers, and limits of the English language by exploring classical and contemporary works. You’ll read literature that helps you develop empathy and insight, and you'll become a critical thinker—skilled in the ways language can be used to mislead or inspire.

English majors are flexible thinkers who can unravel tangled issues and clearly communicate solutions. They make connections between the past and the present, between what is imagined and what requires action, and between themselves and others in the classroom and in the conference room at work. They know how to adapt to new circumstances and how to speak eye to eye with clients and customers.

What skills do employers desire?

What skills do employers desire?

A quick internet search will tell you that the skills that employers tend to desire the most in job applicants are oral and written communication skills, leadership and collaboration, the ability to work in and with a team, work ethic and self-management, adaptability, resilience, and interpersonal skills.

What skills do English majors develop?

What skills do English majors develop?

English majors at St. John Fisher University have multiple opportunities to develop oral and written communication skills, leadership and collaboration, teamwork, adaptability, resilience, and interpersonal skills. Through coursework, interactions with local employers in community-engaged learning experiences, internships, and their research, English majors develop marketable skills for a successful career after Fisher.

Program Overview

As an English major at Fisher, you will engage your curiosity, your passion, and your intellect by exploring works of literature, oration, and visual communication. You can explore fiction, poetry, and theatrical plays and find inspiration to write your own. You can study Shakespeare or Stephen King, analyze presidential oratory or game narratives, and write analytical research or grant proposals for a local nonprofit.

In our courses, you will work with committed faculty and engaged classmates. As an English major, you will develop writing and analytical skills that are highly desired in the workforce.

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

Graduates of the St. John Fisher University English Department go on to roles such as:

  • Attorney
  • Banker
  • Marketing Manager
  • News Producer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Novelist
  • Business and Content Analyst
  • Web Designer
  • Editor
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Nonprofit Program Administrator
  • Librarian

 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