About the Major
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:
Tailor the curriculum to your interests with courses in global literatures, environmental writing and popular culture. We also offer minors in classical studies, creative writing or professional writing. Students who want to become middle or high school English teachers double major in English and Adolescence Education: English.
Outside of the classroom, you will have many opportunities to create, analyze and discuss. In addition to the annual Common Read, which culminates in a lecture by a distinguished author, 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 and Scope literary magazine features writing by students.
Course Topics Include
Below are a few of the courses available in the literature and writing concentrations. View the full list of English courses.
- Modern Black Literature
- Science Fiction/Fantasy
- The Folktale Tradition
- Children’s Literature
- Queer Literature
- Native American Literatures
- Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Homer
- Ancient Religious Writings
- American Poetry
English majors get resume-worthy experience during internships at, for example, regional magazines, newspapers, arts centers, celebrity news and travel writing portals and literary corners.
- Art and Scope (literary magazine)
- Creative Writing Club
- Parnassus. The English Club
- “State Times” (student newspaper)
- Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society
- Poetry Slam Association