Professor Tonya Moutray With English Students

B.A. in English

Russell Sage College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, as well as a minor in English.

The B.A. in English provides students with a broad foundation in literature in English, including British and American literature, through a number of survey courses and then allows students considerable individual choice from a rich array of courses that add depth to their programs. All English courses value and hone analytical, writing and speaking skills; thus, an English major is excellent preparation for careers in business, law, medicine, and education, as well as for graduate study in literature.

Wondering what you can do with a degree in English in the twenty-first century?

We also cooperate with the Education Program to offer the Bachelor of Science degree in English/Childhood Education with optional annotation in Middle Childhood Education. Students planning to teach grades 7-12 may complete the B.A. in English.  Students who intend to enter the professional Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy program may complete the B.A. in English, leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy or the M.S. in Occupational Therapy.

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Samantha Tirrell

Samantha Tirrell
Class of 2017, BA in Theatre and English

Future plans: The MFA Stage Management program at the Yale School of Drama.

“I’ve cultivated my ability to communicate clearly and critically. This has prepared me for graduate school and the rigor associated with it. Sage has also taught me hard work, passion, and drive – invaluable for life, school, and everything else.”

Courtney Rolnick

Courtney Rolnick
Class of 2017, BS in Childhood Ed. with a Middle School Extension in English

Future plans: Working as a 1st/2nd grade teacher at a public school in Vermont. Working online towards her master’s degree.

“While being at Sage, my English department classes have given me a greater appreciation for reading a wide range of materials and topics. Having the opportunity to work with texts from multiple genres, generations, cultures, and focuses has made me a more well-rounded scholar, which will help me be a better teacher and influence for my students.”

Allison Ford

Allison Ford
Class of 2017, BA in English

Future plans: Working as an 8th grade ELA Teacher at a Middle School in Albany. Pursuing master’s degree in Elementary Ed/Special Ed/Literacy.

“The English program [at Sage] has increased my ability to think critically and prepared me to bring these skills to my classroom. I have broadened my experiences with literature, improved my time-management skills, and now think more holistically.”

Hannah Tighe

Hannah Tighe
Graduating in Fall 2017, Dual degree in Childhood Ed. and English

Future plans: Pursuing a teaching position in Rhode Island and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

“Sage as a whole has prepared me to be ready and more well-rounded in the classroom and as a person. It’s given me the tools I will need as a teacher and a critical member of society.”


  • Elizabethe Kelley, Associate Professor of English
  • Matthew Klane, Lecturer in English
  • Shealeen Meaney, Associate Professor of English
  • Tonya Moutray, Associate Professor of English; Chair of the Department of Arts and Letters; English Program Director

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