Department of English

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Literature, Writing, Communications, and Secondary English Certification

The study of literature at Daemen College will complement broad readings in surveys of American, British and World literature, with classes that focus on specialized topics or genres such as film, Irish literature, contemporary Scottish fiction, gender and literature,  the literature of trauma, and classes in poetry and fiction writing, writing for the media and writing in the health professions.

What Makes It Great

  • Turn your love of literature and writing into a rewarding future of lifelong learning.
  • As an English major, you’ll perfect your skills in writing, analysis, and critical thinking – all imperative in today’s tough job market.
  • Get real-world experience through internship positions and campus activities.
  • In addition to studying the classics, you can choose from a variety of innovative courses on topics such as film, detective fiction, Irish literature, contemporary Scottish fiction, diaspora studies, trauma studies, and contemporary Native American literature. 

Provisional New York State teaching certification. Specialization in Public Relations/Communications. Double major or add a minor in fields such as Writing, Pre-Law or Entrepreneurial Studies.

Extra Opportunities

Edit and write for the online student newspaper The Insight and the student arts journal The Writer's Block; share your work at campus literary readings and at the annual Academic Festival held each spring; join the English Club and attend its meetings and join in literature-related trips and events; study abroad for a summer or a semester; intern with a local business, public relations or marketing firm or television station.

Key Features

Small class sizes (15:1 student/teacher ratio) facilitate interaction with faculty members dedicated to teaching through personal attention to each student.

Career Options

You don’t study English to become “English” the way someone studies Physical Therapy to become a physical therapist or Social Work to be come a social worker. You choose to study English at the college level because you like literature or like writing (or like both). The study of literature and writing will provide you with the communication and critical thinking skills that employers prize and that will enable you to succeed in a variety of occupations, some of which will directly relate to your English studies (teaching, graduate study in literature or composition, editing, journalism, public relations), and some of which will  lead you in new directions, such as law and library science.

Recent Graduates' Employment

Marketing, law librarian, law, teaching, writing, public relations, graduate school.

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