Bachelor's Degree in English


Students who choose the Bachelor of Arts degree in English like to read and discuss stories, plays, and poems—and many enjoy writing in these genres, as well. Along with a common core of literature courses, students select additional elective courses in literature, film, theatre, communication, and creative writing; and they are also encouraged to work with program faculty to create special topic courses and senior seminars in subjects not covered in the established curriculum.

English majors develop a solid foundation for graduate study in English, English education, journalism, law—and in other disciplines requiring strong critical thinking skills and talent in spoken and written communication. Although not required, internships may be sought in fields related to English studies, for instance, journalism, or in professional fields like business and management. Because the program includes 45 hours of elective credit, students often combine their major in English with minors such as Pre-Law, Psychology, or Sport Management.

Minor in English
A minor in English is an excellent option for those who have enjoyed the subject and wish to extend their literary studies beyond the high school level. In addition, a minor in English can have a positive impact on the job search, since the critical thinking and writing skills associated with courses in English have long been recognized as essential by business leaders, policy makers, and the general public.

Student Learning Goals:
  • To prepare students to become lifelong learners in both their professional and personal lives;
  • To encourage intellectual, social, and ethical growth through the critical examination of literature, theatre, film, popular culture, and communication;
  • To help students develop the more specific skills associated with the discipline: written and spoken communication, literary appreciation, and critical, analytical thinking; and
  • To prepare students to be successful citizens and leaders in a global community.
Special Features:
  • Small classes taught in seminar/discussion format by well-qualified, full-time faculty members;
  • Opportunities from year one to contribute to the student newspaper, "The Quad";
  • Opportunities from year one to go on stage (or backstage) with theatrical productions in the College‘s historic Catherine Cummings Theatre;
  • Semester abroad opportunities in Canterbury, England.
  • Opportunities to visit area theatrical sites to see live theatre at discount rates; and
  • Flexibility: although graduation from the College requires 120 credit hours, the English program requires at most 36 credit hours in English, many of those elected from program options.
  • The College offers an Inclusive Adolescence Education Program which prepares students for New York State initial teacher certification in Adolescence Education, English (7-12) and in Teaching Students with Disabilities (7-12).  For more information please visit: