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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.  

English Program Highlights

COVID-19 expo flyerThe 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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English Program Information

Travis Starzynski

English - Adolescence Education, Class of 2020

English student

“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.”

Erica Jankowski

English, Class of 2020

English student

“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

English aluma

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

English professor

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

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Marck Cantwell, Chair of the English Department, at 716-839-8541 or