Daemen's English program offers additional specializations in both Professional Writing and Rhetoric and in Adolescence Education. Courses that emphasize interpretation and writing help students to cultivate strong communication skills that have practical application in employment situations.
The English curriculum prepares students for positions requiring advanced writing, analytical, and creative thinking abilities, as well as for graduate study in a variety of professional fields. Based on textual analysis and writing, the curriculum permits students considerable freedom in selecting areas of study but also offers the support of faculty advisors. Students can study classics like Shakespeare and Homer and also choose from a variety of innovative courses such as Magical Realism, Understanding Africa, Writing for the Web, Global Film, Imagining Trauma, Dystopian Literature, and Social Media.
- Small class sizes (12:1 student/faculty ratio) that encourage interaction with faculty members dedicated to teaching through personal attention to each student
- An emphasis on writing, further developed through the Professional Writing and Rhetoric specialization, strengthens the communications skills that employers value
- Employment experience acquired through internships in Buffalo area businesses and organizations
- Student-run publications: Insight, Daemen’s campus newspaper, and its literary magazine, Iconoclast
- English Club activities, including poetry slams, the Shakespeare Banquet, and literary weekend trips
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Daemen’s Education programs are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from May 3, 2013-May 3, 2020. Learn More
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The concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric aims to prepare students to be effective, versatile, and ethical communicators across professional environments. Students in the PWR track will become well practiced in composing purposeful, powerful, and persuasive writing that suits differing audiences, contexts, and media. Our program encourages students to select coursework targeted toward their professional interests and strengths -- journalism, public relations, writing studies, and rhetoric -- while exploring principles and tactics employed in writing across public, workplace, and educational settings. Students and faculty in the PWR program recognize the power and dynamism of communication in the twenty-first-century workplace, and we work together to tailor courses, real-world writing opportunities, and the classroom environment to engage students in the kinds of investigative, enterprising, and creative strategies writing professionals use in their everyday work.
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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.
The skills fostered by our English major transfer to a wide variety of professional career paths,spanning the fields of public relations, media, medicine, law, technology, education, social services, and business. Our graduates go on to successful, productive careers, supported by the written and oral communications skills that their employers prize, skills that offer them the flexibility to meet the changing demands of the workplace. They are attorneys and librarians, teachers and journalists, entrepreneurs and health care professionals, poets and media specialists. Their diverse careers represent the unfolding possibilities that await those trained to think critically, speak articulately, and write persuasively.
Examples of career options for English majors include:
- Human Resources Specialist
- Advertising Copywriter
- Web Developer
- Managing Editor
- Public Relations and Media Specialist
- IT Project Manager
- Medical Humanities Consultant
- Proposal Manager
- Marketing Communications Director
- Technical Writer
Some English graduates decide to continue to graduate school to pursue advanced degrees in journalism, law, medicine, library science, finance, social work, or technology.
Recent Graduates’ Careers
- Designer, HarperCollins Publishers
- Proofreader, FARM Buffalo
- Head of References Services and Lecturing Fellow, Duke University Law School
- Customer Care Agent, Yahoo!
- Graduate student in Media Studies, The New School
- Legal Assistant, Fullenweider Wilhite
- Representative, The Internal Revenue Service
- Correspondent, The Batavian
- Marketing Project Coordinator, H&K Publications
- Law Student, Charleston School of Law
- Publications Assistant, Bright Kids Publications
- Brand Manager, Nestlé Purina North American
- Co-Founder, Storillo
- Director, Withee Public Library
- English Teachers, Buffalo Public Schools, South Park High School, Syracuse City School District, and Las Vegas Public Schools
English - Adolescence Education, Class of 2020
“For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher—one who is engaging, welcoming, enthusiastic, and memorable. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had an English teacher who was inviting, exciting, nurturing, and devoted. These qualities made me aspire to become an English teacher, and I haven’t looked back since. Daemen’s English Department has supported my career goals by pushing me to improve and introducing me to new authors and texts. I know I am getting the quality education I need and deserve.”
English, Class of 2020
“I think deep down I have always wanted to be an English major. Reading is a hobby that takes up a good portion of my time, and I wanted to be able to incorporate my love of reading into a career. The English Department at Daemen is fairly small; everyone knows each other, and there is a close relationship between the students and professors. From the moment I met the professors, I knew I made the right choice. They are passionate and excited about what they teach, which makes going to class a pleasure.”
Erica is the 2019 English Department recipient of the Joyce Barrett Torre & Norman P. Torre Endowed Scholarship, honoring her outstanding academic achievement.
English Graduate Publishes Second Children’s Book
English, Class of 2016
Stephanie Parwulski has recently published her second children’s book, Gloria’s Hope Tree. The path to her career took shape through a Marketing and Publishing internship arranged through Daemen’s English Department. Stephanie always enjoyed children’s literature and wanted to be a children’s book writer. Through an internship with a local author, Stephanie learned about the publication process, from idea to final product. In 2018, she launched her first children’s book, Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift, at a reception in Daemen’s Alumni Lounge.
Giving back to the community has also characterized Stephanie’s success. A Clarence Bee article notes that Stephanie announced she would “make a donation of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift to the students in each of the kindergarten, first- and second grade classrooms in the district’s four elementary schools, totaling 46 books.”
Introducing a small turtle who overcomes shyness to make friends, Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift received a warm response from readers of all ages. Stephanie’s second book, Gloria’s Hope Tree, also helps children to navigate life’s challenges, tracing a tree’s important role in a family’s healing process.
Nancy Marck Cantwell
Message from the Chair
Welcome from Daemen’s English Department! As faculty, we maintain strong and supportive relationships with our students – you will find our office doors open, not only for scheduled office hours, but also for informal conversation and advising. Students are always welcome to study or just relax in the English suite between classes.
Our English program offers you the chance to learn about human experience through the study of literary works in the classroom and beyond it – through films, live performances, visits to literary sites, and lectures by contemporary writers. English majors can pursue their individual interests by selecting from a wide range of courses taught by experienced faculty members who are responsive to each student’s needs and support each student’s potential for achievement.
The English program offers many options – just as an English degree can take you in many career directions, from medical school to law school, from creative writing to news writing, from library & information science to politics. Most of our graduates secure positions in professional fields that call for their expertise as writers and critical thinkers, skills we reinforce in every class and hone through internships. In addition to the B.A. in English, you can choose a track in Professional Writing & Rhetoric or even pursue teacher certification through our Adolescent Education program. We also offer a range of minors tailored to your interests.
Please feel free to contact me personally – I’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about the English program.
Nancy Marck Cantwell
Professor and Chair