Learn Outside the Classroom


Internships in local businesses; professional, literary, cultural, theatre, and arts organizations; non-profit and social-service oriented organizations prepare majors for careers in all areas where effective communication, understanding, and empathy are essential. A few examples of internship opportunities:

  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Buffalo Spree
  • Artvoice
  • White Pine Press
  • The Buffalo News

Learn more details about English internships.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs in English are available in London, England and Galway, Ireland. Students build lifelong memories and gain valuable learning experiences while studying in a different country. Visit the Study Abroad site for more information

Contemporary Writers Series

Established in 1997 by Hamilton "Mick" Cochrane, PhD, the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series brings fiction writers and poets of national stature to the Canisius campus to read from their works, and to meet with students, faculty, and members of our community. Visiting writers have included Garrison Keillor, Junot Diaz, Lorrie Moore, Edwidge Danticat, Mary Gordon, Tim O’Brien, Ha Jin, and Gloria Naylor. The series maintains a special focus on writers with strong ties to our area: Buffalo natives Connie Porter and Lucille Clifton, as well as upstate writers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning Richard Russo and William Kennedy have also appeared. See a list of this year's guests in the Contemporary Writers Series.

Student Activities & Writers Series’

In addition to internships, there are other opportunities for students to pursue their love of literature and writing outside of the classroom. 

  • Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)
  • Canisius College Little Theatre
  • The Quadrangle is an annual literary magazine written, edited and produced by students. 
  • The Griffin (Canisius College student newspaper)
  • Students travel to attend plays at the Shaw and Stratford festivals in Ontario. 
  • Students often present their own research at national conferences.
  • Open mike readings in the Poetry Café
  • Film nights
  • Our Canisius Writers Series showcases work by students, along with faculty, staff and alumni.

After Graduation

Graduates with multiple skills are highly valued in today's job market.  Because English majors understand human thought and feeling and know how to use language effectively, many career paths are open to them. 

Canisius College alumni who majored in English hold such positions as:

  • Professor of English at a university
  • Producer of a nationally televised news program
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Senior vice president for movies and miniseries at a major movie studio
  • President and CEO of a hospice
  • Editor at a publishing house
  • Business columnist for a national daily newspaper
  • Regional representative for a U.S. senator 

Graduate Study in English

Graduates of English programs pursue many programs of academic and professional study, including English graduate programs in literature, creative writing, or rhetoric and composition; law school; and library school.  For information and guidance about these programs, see Professor Mark Hodin, Department of English Chair, or any of the professors in the Department. 

Many schools require applicants to take a standardized test such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  It is best to take the GRE no later than the fall of your senior year, since many schools will require the scores by winter (as early as January) for admission to their programs in the following fall.  GRE test dates can be found on the GRE Web site; the Career Center has registration forms and information about graduate school programs.