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Daemen's English program offers specializations in both Adolescence Education and Professional Writing and Rhetoric. With an emphasis on writing, students cultivate communication skills that have practical application in employment situations. 

Program Highlights

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 

Program Information

Summer Phillipson

English Communications

Phillipson saw how a newsroom functions first-hand and helped build news shows, researched stories, and even had the opportunity to shadow reporters when covering breaking news. ​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.   READ MORE

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