English

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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.

Curriculum

You can choose from two tracks:

  • Literature
  • Writing

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.

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Contact

English Department
Netzer 322
607-436-3446

Department Website

Course Topics Include

Below are a few of the courses available in the literature and writing concentrations. View the full list of English courses.

Literature Concentration:

  • Modern Black Literature
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • The Folktale Tradition
  • Children’s Literature
  • Queer Literature

Writing Concentration:

  • Native American Literatures
  • Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Homer
  • Mythology
  • Ancient Religious Writings
  • American Poetry
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Hands-On Learning Opportunities

You may have the chance 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.

You might also contribute to “Edit This!”, a journal of student writing published periodically as part of the final project for the department’s professional writing class “Introduction to Editing and Publishing” (LING 215). It typically includes poetry, fiction and academic essays on diverse topics.

Internships

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.

Learn more about Internships

Student Clubs

  • 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

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