About Our Department

The English Department at SUNY College at Old Westbury is dedicated to offering courses and activities that challenge our students to become better readers, writers, thinkers, and educators.  Majors in the department study great works of literature, learn how to analyze literary texts and their contexts, improve their writing and thinking skills, and explore the nature and beauty of language.

Because we emphasize small discussion-based classes, students receive individual attention, flexibility in pursuing particular interests, and opportunities to work with faculty who possess a broad range of knowledge and experience in literature, writing, and language studies. Faculty members in the department are energetic teachers and scholars who often bring their research and creative endeavors into the classroom.

The Department of English houses Old Westbury’s Writing Programs and offers the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and graduate degree programs in Adolescence Education: English (7-12).

The undergraduate degree builds on common foundations and offers two upper-level specializations: Multicultural U.S.-British Literature and World Literature.
Offered in collaboration with the School of Education, the graduate programs lead candidates to either a Master of Arts in Teaching or a Master of Science in Adolescence Education (7-12).

For more information on degree programs, visit: Degree Info

Committed to the living spirit of literature and to the enabling possibilities of language, the English Department provides a variety of curricular and co-curricular projects to involve students in that discovery and development which mark the enlightened and lively study of literature. For more information on the English Department’s curricular and co-curricular activities, visit: Harmonia & Discordia, Jobs & Internships, and Opportunities

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