English, Bachelor of Arts

126 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus

Overview

The Department of English at St. John's University features a distinguished faculty and a diverse array of courses.

The department hosts thriving undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts (B.A./M.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Arts (D.A.).

Please follow the The SJU English Department Blog for the most current descriptions of our courses and upcoming events, as well as faculty bios, office hours, departmental publications, departmental forms, and advertisements for jobs and internships.

Each semester, the Queens campus offers approximately twenty-five upper-level courses for the undergraduate major, and eight courses for the graduate programs. The department also offers approximately sixty core literature and honors classes each semester on the Queens campus. The Staten Island campus offers approximately ten upper-level B.A. courses per semester, and about twenty courses in expository writing and core English literature.

The English department sponsors an active intellectual life. There are several colloquia a year, in addition to lectures by department faculty. Details about upcoming events can be found on the Blog.

For descriptions of recent student and faculty achievements, see also the English Department Newsletter.

The English department’s graduate students founded a literary journal in 2003: The St. John's Humanities Review. The journal features book reviews, essays, and interviews by contributors on campus and from around the world. 

The department also supports a literary journal of student poetry and fiction, Sequoya.

Directed by the English Department's Derek Owens, St. John’s Institute for Writing Studies also provides rich resources for English students. Associate Professor Harry Denny directs the Writing Centers, which hire qualified graduate and undergraduate students as writing tutors.

For students interested in using their B.A. toward graduate education, the department has recently placed its students in top graduate English programs such as Brown, Columbia, SUNY Buffalo, and the CUNY Grad Center. Students who major in English develop very strong skills in reading comprehension and writing and acquire powerful habits of analytic thought, which is why most law students prepare for their future careers as English majors. Because almost every field of employment is in need of people who can read and write with skill, an English major or minor is a valuable asset.

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Courses

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Admission

General Information
Stephen Sicari, Chair
Robert Fanuzzi, Assistant Chair
St. John Hall, Rm. B-16
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tel: 718-990-6387
Fax: 718-990-2527
sjceng@stjohns.edu

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Career Outcomes

For those students interested in using their B.A. toward graduate education, the department has recently placed its students in top graduate English programs such as those of Brown, Columbia, SUNY Buffalo, and CUNY. Students who major in English tend to develop very strong skills in reading comprehension and writing. They also acquire powerful habits of analytic thought, which is why most law students prepare for their future careers as English majors. Because almost every field of employment is in need of people who can read and write with skill, an English major or minor is a valuable asset. Particularly when coupled with other professional skills, a degree in English provides students with a versatile educational foundation.

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Additional Information

The English department also sponsors an active intellectual life. There are generally three department-funded colloquia a semester, in addition to lectures by department faculty and film series. For descriptions of recent students and faculty achievements, see the English Department Newsletter. The department graduate students founded a literary journal in 2003 called, The St. John's Humanities Review. The journal features book reviews, essays, and interviews by contributors on campus and from around the world. 

The department also supports a literary journal of student poetry and fiction, Sequoya. Directed by the English Department's Derek Owens, the Writing Center hires qualified graduate and undergraduate students as writing tutors. Several English faculty are active in the Institute for Writing Studies. The three arms of the Institute consist of state-of-the-art Writing Centers on the Queens and Staten Island campuses, the University's innovative First-Year Writing program, and a Writing Across the Curriculum program hosting workshops and seminars on our campuses in New York and Rome. Directed by the English Department's Harry Denny, the Writing Centers hire qualified graduate and undergraduate students as writing tutors. The Writing Center also presents lectures, and faculty and student colloquia.

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