SUNY Oneonta English majors are well-prepared to become effective communicators, thinkers and problem solvers working in a variety of professions. Alumni of the program go on to graduate school and careers in teaching, law, business, publishing, administration, communications and public service.

You can choose from two tracks:

Create a curriculum that o your particular interests with courses in ethnic studies, environmental writing and contemporary criticism, or add a minor in  Classical Studies, Creative Writing, Linguistics and Professional Writing.

As an English major, you'll join a vibrant literary community with a variety of opportunities to create, analyze and discuss. SUNY Oneonta hosts award-winning poets and writers each semester through the Red Dragon Reading Series. The Creative Writing Club holds workshops and hosts guest speakers, and the Art & Scope literary magazine features creative writing by students.

You may also have the opportunity to present and discuss scholarly work with peers from other colleges and universities at the annual New Critics Undergraduate Literary and Composition Conference, which is organized by the English Department and members of Parnassus: The English Club. Every other summer, the college hosts the James & Susan Fenimore Cooper Conference & Seminar and the John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar, where student participants can interact with scholars from all over the country.

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Gabe Membreno
My best experience was getting to travel with the Poetry Slam team and compete against other teams. The big competition is CUPSI, which has brought me to Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston… It’s such a wonderful thing. I love getting to see different places and different cultures and people. It was so good to be in the poetry communities there. Connecting with all of these other poets has been really, really special and to do it in these cities I’ve never seen before was so cool.
Malina Bahr
I was really nervous that when I was going to school that I would get really homesick and that I wouldn't have professors who were as personable as my high school teachers. And I was thankfully very wrong. I love my professors. I genuinely like going to all my classes, which is really good. And I didn't get homesick at all.
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