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.


Students Win SUNY Study Abroad Awards

David Paulino and Iva Markicevic plan to make the most of their international scholarship opportunity.

Poet to Discuss Disability and Aesthetics

Michael Snediker's poetry explores disability theory across 19th century America.

City Trip to Send Student Writers Back Hundreds of Years

Professional writing students will travel to New York City to study the evolution of the craft.

Summer Institute Offers Benefits for Teachers

The application deadline is Saturday, May 31, and space is limited to 20 teachers.

Writing Contest Winners to Read at ‘Transformations’

Seven student writers also each earned a $100 prize for their writing.



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

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Where students at Cortland who love teaching English come together!

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