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.

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 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.

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/Childhood Education Degree

You can pair your English major with a B.S. in Childhood Education from Russell Sage College’s Esteves School of 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.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

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.

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 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.

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 is the foundation of this program, and you’ll focus not only on British and American literature, but have the choice to diversify your coursework with other classes as well. 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. Diverse offerings 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.


Russell Sage College 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 major.

Program Objectives

The English 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 lifelong learners and meaningful contributors to society.

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Associate Professor of English; Program Director, English, Writing & Culture and English for Education
Associate Professor of Writing
Associate Professor of English, Writing & Culture
Professor of English & Director, Honors Program