English Department

As one of the largest departments on campus, English provides students many options for literary and cultural study while preserving small class sizes. Our award-winning faculty offer a variety of courses in literature, professional writing, and adolescence education, covering topics such as Shakespeare, world literature, rhetoric, new media, and 21st century literacies.

Students actively participate in the process of reading and writing and study how words work: how they can be shaped into literary art, organized into a lesson plan, or developed into distinct genres, from poetry to a resume; how we use them to fashion our understanding of ourselves and our place in local, national, and global communities.

Upon graduation, a SUNY Cortland English major is not only in demand by creative and professional institutions, but also well prepared for graduate school, law school, and careers in teaching, journalism, new media, communications and business.


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Dr. Nick Salvato
Van Burd Memorial Lecture
in Literary Criticism
Thursday, September 22, 2016
4:30 p.m., Jacobus Lounge

Reading by poet Camille Rankine
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
5 p.m., Jacobus Lounge


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Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society

English Club:

Check out the club on Facebook: English Club@SUNY Cortland!

English Education Club: 

Where students at Cortland who love teaching English come together! For further information, contact Prof. Geoff Bender.

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