English Outside the Classroom


Internships in local businesses; professional, literary, cultural, theatre, and arts organizations; and 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
  • Western New York Book Arts Center
  • The Buffalo News

Learn more details about English internships.

Little Theatre

The Canisius University Little Theatre club mounts several fully-staged productions a year by major playwrights and student written and produced plays as well. Club members participate in every aspect of theater production, including acting, directing, costume set design, and show promotion. Artist in residence Eileen Dugan, an award winning Buffalo actor and director, advises the club and directs Little Theatre productions. 

The Quadrangle

The Quadrangle is the college's literary and visual arts magazine. It publishes annually in the spring semester featuring works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction prose, photography, artwork, essays, interviews, song lyrics, and short plays. The Quadrangle was founded in the 1951-1952 academic year, and it was the fourth literary magazine at Canisius. The first moderator was Roger B. Dooley, a former graduate and English professor. It was given the name Quadrangle because of its original quarterly publication and representation of the buildings that formed a quadrangle on the main campus. The Quadrangle unveils each year at the end of April. The editors always encourage contributors to come and enjoy the evening. No part of this magazine is unveiled to outside parties until final publication.

Contemporary Writers Series

Established in 1997 by Hamilton "Mick" Cochrane, PhD, the Canisius University 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.

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.


The Griffin

The Canisius University student newspaper. English majors frequently contribute to The Griffin, bringing their writing, editing, and critical abilities to just about every area of the student newspaper, including sports writer, culture reviewer, opinion editor, and Editor in Chief.