English Department

SUNY Cortland English Department Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

As scholars and teachers of English, we believe that language matters. Therefore, we write to denounce—in the strongest possible terms—the police brutality and murder that have stolen so many Black lives. We believe that Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge, too, that systemic racism not only grounds institutions of policing, mass incarceration, capitalism, and the state, but also education. All too often, English classrooms are spaces where white supremacy is enforced, not contested and rejected, where literature only reflects a blindingly white minority, where only one mode of speaking or writing is valued. As English faculty, we commit to interrogating and resisting the histories of structural racism that make whiteness seem natural or default; we commit to intersectional pedagogy, which understands racism as shaped by other forces of oppression, including sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism; and we commit to listening, so that our classrooms may be spaces for the continual unlearning of prejudice and oppression. We invite our students to join us in speaking loudly against racism in all forms. 

As the Fall semester approaches, we will make further announcements about the English Department’s action plan to put our commitment to anti-racism into practice.

 


2020 Senior Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the Seniors of the class of 2020!  In this very difficult year, they have persevered and have successfully completed their degrees here at SUNY Cortland.    We are very pleased to share some of their stories with you here.


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.

Check out these additional resources on why majoring in English brings a lifetime of opportunity, career choice, and excitement:

  • Why Study English? This guide will give you the answer, plus list skills you will hone in your English major.

  • Graduate Studies 101. All your questions about graduate studies in English answered here, with tips and strategies for applying.

  • Our Alumni. Check out the accomplishments of our recent graduates, including their employment, graduate degrees, and publications.

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News

Teachers Writing Conference Set for May 4 at SUNY Cortland

April 23, 2019
SUNY Albany Professor Christine Dawson will deliver a keynote speech titled “Creating and Inhabiting Spaces as Teacher-Writers.” 

College Writing Committee Posts Winners

April 9, 2019
This year marks the 20th year of the contest sponsored by the College Writing Committee.

Sapphire, Author Behind “Precious,” to Speak on Campus

March 26, 2019
Sapphire, who wrote the ground-breaking novel that became an Academy-Award-winning film, will speak on campus.

Brandi Kelly: Non-traditional All the Way

Nov. 6, 2018
She's new to campus and the new president of the Non-Traditional Student Association.

Iraq War Translator Aspires to Teach Immigrant Children

Nov. 5, 2018
Baghdad native Wasan Bahr Al Uloom honed her language skills on the Iraq war battlefields.

Reading Reprises 1961 Speech on Empowering Women

Oct. 23, 2018
A landmark lecture by the late sociologist Rozanne M. Brooks will be read again Nov. 13.

Filmmaker’s Talk to Focus on Women

April 19, 2018
Jessica Congdon will discuss “The Mask You Live In” and “Miss Representation.”

 Publications

  • Crystallize Review at SUNY Cortland

    Crystalize Review

Clubs/Societies

English Club

The English Club welcomes students from across SUNY Cortland to connect through their shared appreciation of language and literature. For more information, visit the Club's page at Cortland Connect.

Sigma Tau Delta

SUNY Cortland hosts a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honors society for students of English. For more information, contact the chapter's faculty advisor, Prof. John Leffel.