Pursue your passion.
By completing this degree, you’ll have a solid foundation for a number of different careers. With an English degree, the options are endless.
You’ll learn to write well, analyze complex literature and hone your communication skills. Many students choose to pair an English major with a minor in a field they wish to pursue. English degree-holders are everywhere: as teachers, writers, lawyers, medical students, translators or marketing professionals.
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 and support each other.
Working with community partners is oftentimes part of the classroom experience and will allow you to put your skills to use. In the past, 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.
Take exciting classes that will shift your perspective and change the way you think about the world. View our current course schedule here.
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/Childhood Education Degree
Working in conjunction with the Esteves School of Education, you can also earn a B.S. in English and Childhood Education.
English/Health Sciences Pathway
Learning to read, listen and think critically is essential to being able to help others in the health-care 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.
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“Sage is going to give you a very personalized education. You’re going to make deep friendships. And you’ll have access to some fairly renowned academic programs with big impacts in the community.”
Students go on to find jobs in their chosen field or continue on to graduate school. Graduates of the program are professionals in the fields of education, finance, media and more.
You’ll gain experience in the field through internships with a variety of businesses and organizations. Students 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 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.
Once you complete your degree, you’ll be fully prepared for graduate school. Many students choose to pursue graduate degrees in all areas that Russell Sage College offers — Education, Health Sciences and Management. Students can also complete an English degree in conjunction with the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs.
Recent graduates of the program are freelance writers, teachers, librarians, English tutors, associate editors and media producers.