At the Department of English & Modern Language Studies at the Pleasantville campus there is always something new to explore. Our department offers a wide range of degree offerings designed for students who value creativity in their lives and options in their career aspirations. The power of stories and strong communication are central to our approach, working to develop a diverse range of applicable skills that last a lifetime.
In addition to the BA degrees in English as well as English & Communications, our department offers a joint BA/MS program in English and publishing. We take pride in the diversity of our offerings within these majors, as well as our exciting minors: Literature, Creative Writing, and Women’s & Gender Studies join English as options for students of any major.
The overarching mission of our department can be found in the Chair’s Welcome, while the evidence for the value of an English degree is explored in the page “Why English?”. Across our many programs we strive to uphold the following Learning Outcomes. Through thoughtful course design students will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective writing in a variety of genres.
- Use strong textual analysis with appropriate critical vocabulary to develop a point.
- Use secondary research effectively.
- Understand the perspectives of diverse literatures, both Western and non-Western, including literature of underrepresented groups.
- Demonstrate professional presentation skills.
Providing a modern approach to a classic discipline, the English B.A. is all about choice. Students who choose a literature track take courses designed to fit their unique geographic or period interests. Students who make the choice for the writing track gain experience through a variety of courses, including creative writing. With either concentration students graduate with the analytic and communications skills that prepare them for rewarding and successful careers in publishing, public relations, human resources, education, communications, and government. English is also a strong foundation for graduate study and is a highly regarded background for the study of law and other professions.
The pervasive theme of communication in our work is nowhere more central than with this this unique interdisciplinary major. The degree allows students to study literature and creative writing while also focusing on career-oriented communication skills for the modern workplace. Among these are writing for media outlets, video production and editing, verbal and presentational skills, and more. By taking advantage of all that both the English and Communication Departments can offer, students graduate both well-rounded and ready for a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
With a faculty comprised of experienced publishing professionals, this program is designed to equip students with comprehensive hands-on training in every aspect of book and magazine publishing and interactive media: content creation and editing, marketing strategies, book and magazine production, financial applications, and and all aspects of digital publishing. The curriculum reflects the most current industry trends, allowing students to explore publishing innovations such as e-books, apps, mobile platforms, and developing and writing for blogs and websites.
The English minor is an asset because it assures future employers that you can communicate well in writing. By allowing students to focus on analysis, writing, rhetoric, and genre, students are sure to develop analytical skills useful in any profession.
There is a reason why literature was among the classes offered at the first universities centuries ago. Guided by enthusiastic experts of English-language and international authors, collaborative close readings of diverse texts students help build an appreciation for the written word, and the world around us.
Covering genres from poetry, fiction, memoir, and travel writing, and more, our Creative Writing Minor is designed for students who have something to say -- which, we believe, is all of them! Our abilities to express our stories effectively can be a challenge, however. Through a peer-workshop approach students grow as more confident, competent writers. Courses have included memoir, travel writing, flash-fiction, and more.
A thoughtful addition to any major, this minor takes an interdisciplinary approach to an ever developing field. The themes explored are likewise ever in a state of flux, from conceptualizations of gender, sexuality, identity, and more. Feminism, masculinities, queer studies, and race all converge, with the program taking a special focus on their real-world impact on law, social policies, popular culture, and private lives.
Rather than simply watch movies, students who enroll in this minor engage in thoughtful analysis. Classes emphasize a critical approach while providing students with vocabulary, research opportunities, and historical foundations to better understand cinematic traditions, film technologies, and the social impact of film.