English (teacher education) (B.A.)
Our graduates in English tell us that the skills they acquired in writing and critical thinking, as well as their capacity for a disciplined application of imagination and creativity, have prepared them well for a range of careers. Some students go on for graduate degrees in fields ranging from law to literature, while those who have taken advantage of our program leading to initial New York State teacher certification step into teaching positions. This rich program culminates in a semester of student teaching at an area school. Our partnership with the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem offers further opportunities.
English majors constitute a close community of literature enthusiasts: poetry readings, informal staged readings of plays, public presentations of students' critical essays, and appearances by visiting writers, for example, are part of the experience. Whether you're studying Lolita or Love's Labour's Lost or writing analyses of poetry, novels, or drama, you'll be in small classes that allow for the easy exchange of ideas. Advanced students are encouraged to undertake independent study and honors projects and can qualify for membership in the College's chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society.