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Undergraduate Programs and Courses

Bachelor of Arts

Major in English

The English Department offers four concentrations: Literatures in English, Creative Writing, Publishing Studies, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Each can be a great foundation for careers in education, publishing, journalism, public relations, law, advertising and marketing and many other industries. Students in these concentrations can normally finish major requirements within four years.

Literatures in English:  The concentration in Literatures in English is the English major for the 21st century, with dedicated slots for British, American, and global English literature.   The program prepares students to encounter, consider, and analyze great writing of the past, the present, and the future.  Alongside courses in the major writers of the traditional canon are innovative courses on topics such as literature and the environment, science fiction, gothic fiction, the graphic novel, and other emerging genres, all  taught by our distinguished faculty of active, publishing scholars.

Creative Writing and Literature:  The Creative Writing concentration is for serious writers ready to immerse themselves in their craft.  Beginning with the General Creative Writing Workshop and proceeding to intermediate genre seminars and advanced workshops, the program adapts itself to individual students' strengths and challenges.  Classes are intimate and interactive, led by our faculty's accomplished poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers.  As the program's name makes clear, Hofstra's creative writing majors complement their workshops with a concentrated study of literature.

Publishing Studies and Literature:  The concentration in Publishing Studies and Literature at Hofstra is one of the nation's premier programs in this field.  The publishing studies faculty is largely comprised of active working professionals who teach classes in editing, book design, industry-standard publishing software systems, and marketing.   Both academic and pre-professional, the program combines technical courses with courses in literature, the history of publishing, and the concept of the book.  Many students in the program take advantage of internship opportunities with industry leaders like Penguin and Scholastic.

Children's and Young Adult Literature:  The English Department's newest concentration is in the burgeoning field of Children's and Young Adult Literature.  This innovative program draws not only on the department's diverse resources but also reaches outside for classes in Child Psychology and Literacy Studies.  The heart of the program is a sequence of classes on literary history and method, culminating in specialized courses on topics such as "the child in literature" and fairy tales.  Rounding out the program are creative writing courses on writing for young readers and publishing studies courses focused on this expanding market.


Minor

  • Creative Writing
    A Minor in Creative Writing consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours, under advisement, with at least 6 hours in residence.
  • English
    A Minor in English consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours, under advisement, with at least 6 hours in residence.
  • Publishing Studies
    A Minor in Publishing Studies consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours, under advisement, with at least 6 hours in residence.

Courses