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 B.A. tracks:
- English, Literature Concentration
- English, Writing Concentration
Create a curriculum that supports 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.