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Undergraduate Programs

Major in English

English majors may specialize in the following concentrations:


While the Department of English continues to offer an assortment of courses in literary periods and major authors leading to graduate study in British and American Literature, it conceives the world of texts as broader than the traditional Western literary canon. The department has developed strong concentrations in African-American Literature, Women's Literature, Comparative Literature, and Literary Theory.

Creative Writing

The teaching of creative writing at the College began in 1919, and the Department's graduates include some of the most eminent authors of this century. Workshops in fiction writing, poetry, playwriting, and film and TV writing are regularly offered by professors who are themselves accomplished authors.

Secondary English Education

A specific regimen of courses is required for students planning to teach English in secondary school in the State of New York.

Minor in English

The Department offers a minor as well as a major in English. Students wishing to pursue a specialized minor--such as "Literature and Law" or "Literature and History"--will develop a program in consultation with their English Department advisor and advisors from other relevant departments or programs.

CCNY English Honors

All qualified students, and especially those who plan to attend graduate school, are urged to apply for admission to the English Honors Program. Candidates are expected to seek written recommendations from at least two English professors. On the basis of these recommendations, the candidate's grades in English courses, and an interview, the Honors Committee decides whether a candidate is qualified for honors work. Applications should be made to the Director of the Program, Professor Mikhal Dekel. More information is available on the English Honors Program site

Additional Information

Each semester the English Department prepares an undergraduate course description booklet providing detailed information on all 22000-and-higher-level courses to be offered the following semester. Booklets are available in the main office, NA 6/219.

For more information, advising, walk-in registration, or to sign up as a major or minor, please meet with an undergraduate English advisor in NA 6/219 or call (212) 650-5407.