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Ignite your passion as an English major at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Through exploring works from experimental contemporary American fiction, to the monsters and heroes of Old English epics and every genre and period in between, you will discover how language and literature have shaped the human cultural and social experience throughout time. 

Develop key skills that are essential to communicating in today’s world. Our talented faculty will guide you in becoming a critical thinker and an engaged writer who communicates persuasively and articulates thoughts clearly in your future profession–and in all facets of your life.

At a glance

  • Undergraduate major & minor
  • BA
  • 4 years
  • Main campus
  • Option to earn grades 7-12 teaching certification through STAC’s Adolescence Education Program

Common Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Psychology

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Ignite Your Career With Experiential Learning

English majors at St. Thomas Aquinas College gain real-world experience through research opportunities and internships at nonprofit organizations, such as Rockland Center for the Arts and the Center for Safety & Change, as well as publishing houses, including Penguin and Macmillan.

Career Preparation & Mentoring

Our small class sizes allow our expert faculty to work closely with every student. Through collaborations with faculty in other departments, we can also create a personalized interdisciplinary program of study shaped around your specific interests and career goals. The English curriculum also offers the flexibility to pursue a double major or minor in another subject area if you wish.

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What Success Looks Like

“The individual attention I got at STAC, coupled with the fact that our professors push every student and call us out when we aren’t working to our full potential, is the reason I was working at a triple pace. With the guidance and mentorship of my professors, I spent my time at STAC diving into topics that were engaging and worthwhile.”
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Sarah Montello, ’16
English Teacher
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Career Options

A bachelor’s degree in English can prepare you for careers in these fields, and many more:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Grant Writing
  • Law
  • Library Information Studies
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Social Media

Our English majors intern and find full-time employment in publishing houses, schools, nonprofits, and many organizations, such as:

  • Bellevue Literary Review
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Center for Safety & Change
  • Macmillan Publishing
  • Penguin Publishing
  • Rockland Center for the Arts
  • Rockland County Archives

Our graduates have also gone on to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of fields:

  • English (Montclair University, Sarah Lawrence)
  • Education (STAC, North Carolina State, Duke)
  • Social Work (NYU School of Social Work)
  • Religious Studies (The Ohio State University)
  • Information Sciences (University of Washington)
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Program options

The BA in English provides students with a deep understanding of literature over the centuries and its influence on culture and society today. Students graduate with a broad worldview, sharp critical-thinking skills, and exceptional communication capabilities—foundations for success in any career.

A minor in English is an excellent option for those pursuing careers that require exceptional analytical reading and writing skills.

English majors who wish to pursue a career in education can obtain certification as a classroom teacher (grades 7-12) through STAC’s Adolescence Education program offered through the School of Education.