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The Department of English enjoys the special status of being the only department that has contact with every student at the undergraduate level.
The Department of French had its inception in the college from the day it was started at Nagapattinam in 1844.
The Hindi Department has been functioning in this college for more than 5 decades.
The Department of History is as old as the College itself.
The Department of Sanskrit was started in St. Joseph`s College in 1907 with Sri. T.V.Srinivasachariar as the first teacher.
It is one of the oldest departments. BA Tamil was started in the year 1982 and MA Tamil in 1995.