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.
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:
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May 5, 2020
Visiting author Emily Fridlund was the guest judge for the Distinguished Voices Short Story Contest.
May 5, 2020
The Collin Anderson Memorial Awards in Creative Writing and the Writing across the Curriculum Awards in Academic Writing recognize work produced for courses taken in 2019.
March 11, 2020
An 1,100-mile hike led the best-selling author from self-destruction and despair to wellness and self-discovery.
Jan. 28, 2020
Hoxie Gorge Review, edited by students, features work from emerging and established national writers.
Dec. 3, 2019
The senior is one of only two undergraduates to receive the UUP scholarship.
Dec. 3, 2019
Members of the Cortland Writers Association met with students at Seven Valleys New Tech Academy.
Sept. 23, 2019
Several scenes of “Cold Brook” were filmed at SUNY Cortland.
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.
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.