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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor of Arts in English?

The Bachelor of Arts in English at Saint Rose immerses students in literature, creative writing, theater, film, and digital media. Our graduates go on to succeed in a wide range of fields.

Effective communication and critical thinking are foundations for any professional career, and our English majors develop these abilities in courses across the history of English studies—from Renaissance drama to the Harlem Renaissance, from Medieval poetry to twenty-first-century literature. Students find their voices in a variety of small classes taught by accomplished faculty, among them award-winning poets, scholars, and novelists. Our professors are dedicated teachers who actively involve students in their research and writing projects.

Program Highlights

  • Saint Rose English majors gain a competitive edge in the job market through semester-long internships in various media outlets and nonprofits.
  • We offer minors in Literature, Writing, Film and Digital Media Studies, and Drama.
  • The English/Language Arts Concentration is also an option for Early Childhood, Early Childhood/Special Education, Childhood Education, and Childhood Education/Special Education majors.
  • Annual Awards: Outstanding Senior in English; Outstanding Senior in English: Adolescence Education; Professor S. R. Swaminathan Award—for a senior English major with plans to attend graduate school.

Requirements and Course Descriptions

Learning Objectives

English Learning Objectives

  • Literary analysis: Students will be able to read literature, literary theory, and literary criticism, moving beyond an understanding of the literal level to interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating and working into appropriate context while recognizing conventions that define literary genres.
  • Thesis-writing: Students will be able to present develop, and defend a clear thesis appropriate to the communication task while demonstrating appropriate format, organization, and overall coherence.
  • Research: Students will be able to examine and question research from appropriate sources and to integrate this research into the development and defense of the thesis.
  • Grammar and style: Students will demonstrate correctness in mechanics of grammar, usage, punctuation, and documentation.