Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

English Department

2021 Senior Celebration

Please join us in celebrating the Seniors of the class of 2021!  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.

The English Department is Pleased to Announce a new 4+1 Program in English

The 4+1 Program in English allows SUNY Cortland students in English or Professional Writing to complete both their BA and MA in just five years. With just one additional year of coursework, students in the program graduate with a Master’s in English.


The 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.

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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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. 

2020 Graduates 

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.




News

Student Researcher’s Work Blends Biology and Literature

April 8, 2016
Junior Anna Grygiel excels in two different majors while exploring both in her research.

Student Researchers to Attend National Conference

Feb. 22, 2016
Four students are headed to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in April.

‘Where Are We?’ Events Set for February, March

Feb. 9, 2016
The series explores how local communities foster greater society’s achievements.

College to Host Conference for Writing Teachers

Feb. 9, 2016
Writing Matters III, which takes place Saturday, March 19, follows the theme “What Comes After the Writing Process?”

English Professor to Study Military Teachers on the Front Lines

Dec. 15, 2015
Laura Davies will consider how teaching is taught at armed forces institutions, specifically as it relates to writing.

‘Trail of Tears’ Revisited on Oct. 13

Oct. 5, 2015
Sierra Adare-TasiwooPa api will discuss the four expulsions her people recall.

Students Master Wine Journalism in Italy

Aug. 5, 2015
Professor John Hartsock believes in a hands-on approach to writing.

 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.

The Cortland Writers Association

The Cortland Writers Association is a community of young collegiate writers passionate about inspiring others to see reality through a beautiful lense, one student’s pen at a time. At SUNY Cortland's CWA, we are passionate about making our writing visions come to life, with the support and input of one another. Whether you're a poet, a creative writer, an aspiring writer, or just need help with an essay, CWA is a safe place to come share and create work. We invite you to come create with us every Monday at 7 in Corey Union, Room 209.  Visit the Cortland Writers Association page.