Pursue your passion.

By completing this degree, you’ll have a solid foundation for a number of different careers. With an English, Writing & Culture degree, the options are endless. You will explore the literatures of diverse cultures, examine the ways that the texts we read and watch both reflect and shape the world we live in, and develop your own voice as a means of transforming the communities you live in.


Stories form the core of who we are, our relationships with others, and the futures we create. In the English, Writing & Culture program, faculty and students come together to develop greater knowledge and appreciation of the richness and diversity of literature, exploring the world’s stories as diverse representations of human experience, as works of art, and cultural artifacts. We foster a shared commitment to becoming writers and thinkers who formulate relevant questions, make thoughtful decisions, collaborate meaningfully, and create writing that shapes the world. With an emphasis on the power of language, our program seeks to cultivate critical, integrative, and creative thinking, sophisticated reading, powerful expression, and embodied ethics. Our students develop a facility with clear, complex communication and thinking that is recognized by employers as essential and provides a foundation for meaningful, engaged living in our dynamic world.

Program Distinctions

As part of this program, you’ll often engage in class discussions with visiting writers, speakers and scholars. You’ll be part of an active community of scholars and artists who engage, challenge, and support each other.

In many cases you will find that your “classroom” has expanded and you are not only reading and writing and thinking and learning for your own benefit, but also using your work to connect with the wider world. In recent classes students have partnered with WikiEdu to improve online content, worked with The Sanctuary for Independent Media to write and record radio shows, and tutored students in local schools. You will join an community that values diverse voices and helps you to develop and us your own voice in new and powerful ways.

You will take exciting classes and encounter other voices that may shift your perspective and change the way you think about the world and the way you want to live in it. View our current course schedule here.

English Minor

Many students also choose to minor in English. At 18 credits, it pairs well with almost any undergraduate degree, allowing you to develop enhanced communication, reading and writing skills, which will serve you well in whatever profession you choose.

English and Childhood Education Degree

If you know teaching is for you, you can complete our English and Childhood Education program rather than the full English, Writing, and Culture program. In this case you would work with English, Writing & Culture faculty and students as well as those in the Esteves School of Education to earn a double-major B.S. in English and Childhood Education.

English for Health Sciences Pathway

Learning to read, listen and think critically is essential to being able to help others in the healthcare setting. Learn more about our pathway programs.


Small class sizes ensure personal attention and advising. Faculty are there to support your goals and aspirations. They are writers, researchers and scholars, bringing their range of experiences into the classroom and the college community.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future


You’ll gain experience in the field through internships with a variety of businesses and organizations. Students in our classes have interned at Cengage Publishing, the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, the Albany Institute of History and Art, and more.

As an English, Writing & Culture major, you’ll also have opportunities to present at regional and national conferences, such as the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

Graduate Degrees

Once you complete your degree, you’ll be fully prepared for graduate school. Many students choose to pursue graduate degrees in all areas that Sage offers: education, health sciences and management. Students can also complete an English, Writing & Culture degree in conjunction with the physical therapy and occupational therapy programs.


The English, Writing & Culture program is specifically designed to educate and cultivate strong, innovative, forward-thinking, ethical graduates who will be essential in a workforce that requires not only intellectual ability and specific skills training, but also requires sensitivity, flexibility, cultural awareness, and creative thinking. The mission and goals that are the foundation of the program address these wide-ranging intellectual goals and our Program graduates thus possess the very types of skills and knowledge that business leaders seek to find in their new employees.

Recent graduates who have studied with us have gone on to complete MFA, MA, MLS, JD, and PhD programs and do work they love as educators, museum curators, authors, lawyers, and librarians.

Learning Experience

You’ll cultivate critical thinking, sophisticated reading, powerful expression and an understanding of the complexity and power of language. Study different periods of literature and end your coursework by completing a senior seminar. Some students are even invited to complete Honors research projects in collaboration with individual faculty members.

Broad Foundation

Literature and Writing provide the foundation of this program, and you’ll focus not only on British and American literature, but on the rich and diverse literatures written in English. One of the main goals of the program is to expose students to literature from different cultures and traditions as representations of the human experience as well as cultural artifacts. Many courses focus on lesser-heard voices including courses on Native American Literature, African American Literature, Post-Colonial Literature and Culture, Travel Writing, and Women Writers, among others. You will not only read cultural texts, but write them as well. Everyone will find opportunities to challenge themselves as thinkers and writers (and as living, feeling human beings as well). For some students this will mean stepping into new genres such as fiction and poetry, for others will mean making forays into creative nonfiction, web content, and cultural criticism. Through interdisciplinary study of literature, writing, and culture you will be challenged to explore what matters to you and to the global communities you live in.

Course Objectives

The English, Writing & Culture program at Russell Sage College values rigorous and relevant scholarship, active community engagement, and impactful creative expression. Our program empowers students to become reflective, engaged, confident, and ethical individuals who are prepared to successfully enter into professional life or graduate studies, who are life-long learners, and meaningful contributors to society.


Sage has a vibrant literary community that’s easy to get involved in. Publications such as “The Rev” allow students to create and share their work. Community dinners, visiting writers, and poetry open-mic events allow you to spend time outside the classroom with other students in the English, Writing, and Culture major. 

Next Steps

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Program Faculty & Staff

Professor of English & Director, Honors Program
Associate Professor of English; Program Director, English, Writing & Culture and English for Education
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Writing; Director, The Kathleen Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research
Associate Professor of Writing
Administrative Assistant