Department of English

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13 University Place • New York, NY 10003-4573 • 212-998-8800

Chair of the Department

Professor Cannon

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor Watson

Study of English and American literature provides the kind of training that is central to a liberal arts education and useful in all professions. By learning to read critically and write with analytical precision, students who major in English prepare themselves to participate actively in their culture while forging a lifelong, enriching relationship with literature.

The department offers courses in a variety of historical periods from the Middle Ages through modernism and the contemporary era, as well as in a variety of topics and areas (such as literary history, critical theory, dramatic literature, theatre history, and literary culture). It also provides opportunities for specialized research through seminars, independent study, and an honors program that culminates in the writing of a scholarly thesis during the senior year under the supervision of a faculty member. In the major's new creative writing track, select seniors can also produce a special creative project in poetry, prose, or a hybrid genre.

The department's Contemporary Literature Series brings noted authors to campus and into the classroom and includes an undergraduate CLS Fellows program that provides students with training in literary arts management. The department also offers its majors and minors a credit-bearing Internship Seminar for internships at magazines, publishers, literary agencies, and other organizations.