The core English curriculum prepares students for positions that require reading, writing, critical and creative thinking abilities, as well as for graduate study in a variety of professional fields. The curriculum permits students considerable freedom in selecting areas of study but also requires students to work closely with their individual faculty advisors. In addition to studying the classics, you can choose from a variety of innovative courses on topics such as: Magical Realism, Understanding Africa, Writing for the Web, The Scottish Renaissance, Native American Literature, 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 to cultivate communication skills that have practical application in employment situations
  • Employment experience acquired through internships in local businesses and organizations
  • Student-run publications: Insight, Daemen’s campus newspaper, and its literary magazine, The Iconoclast
  • English Club activities, including poetry slams, the Shakespeare Banquet, and literary weekend trips 

About the Program

Additional Information

Summer Phillipson

English Communications

I love Daemen's size. everything I need to succeed is here. Part of that is the faculty. They truly care about you as an individual and take pride in their role in your education​ READ MORE

Nancy Marck Cantwell

Message from the Chair

I enjoy teaching British literature from a historical and cultural perspective, exploring the events and ideas influencing the production of the literary texts we study.  I offer survey courses as well as more advanced courses in Shakespeare, the gothic, Victorian literature, and literary criticism and theory  READ MORE

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