Undergraduate Programs in


Find the English program that matches your love of reading, passion for writing, or ambition to be part of the fast-growing and evolving world of publishing - in print and digital.

Choose a Concentration

Deciding to be an English major is the easy part. Choose a specialty from our engaging concentrations: 

Literatures in English

Literatures in English is the English major for the 21st century, with dedicated slots for British, American, and global English literature.   

Creative Writing and Literature

The Creative Writing concentration is for serious writers ready to immerse themselves in their craft. Classes are intimate and interactive, led by our faculty's accomplished poets, playwrights, and fiction and nonfiction writers.

Publishing Studies and Literature

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.   

Children's and YA Literature

The department’s newest concentration draws on the resources and faculty expertise within the English Department and also reaches out to other areas of the university, including child psychology and literacy studies.

Degree Programs

Any one of the Department's concentrations can be a great foundation for a career in education, publishing, journalism, public relations, law, advertising, marketing, and many other industries. In addition to the BA in English, Hofstra also offers minors in Creative WritingEnglish, and Publishing Studies. As well as a BA/MFA in English and Creative Writing.


The Student Experience

New York City


Being a short train ride away from New York City makes it possible for English majors to intern at industry leaders in the worlds of book and magazine publishing. They have also secured internships at media companies like ABC and CBS News, and at publications like O magazine, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue

Online journals

Clubs & Organizations

Engage with your peers and professors in organizations like the Hofstra English Society, which publishes the digital journals Font and Growl, and organizes readings of original student work. Get involved with the online publications Windmill and AMP. Hofstra is also home to a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.  

Great Writers, Great Readings

Great Writers, Great Readings

Best-selling, award-winning authors share the craft of writing and career advice as part of the Great Writers, Great Readings series. Recent guests have included novelists, essayists, memoirists, playwrights, and poets like Colson Whitehead, Natasha Trethewey, Gary Janetti, Pamela Paul, Claudia Rankine, John McPhee, Jhumpa Lahiri, A. Van Jordan, Susan Orlean, Jennifer Egan, and Karen Russell

Learn from the Experts

Learn from a distinguished faculty of active, publishing scholars. Many are themselves published authors – playwrights, poets, and fiction and nonfiction writers from the greater New York area. Some have been awarded Guggenheim Fellowships as well as grants from the Fulbright Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Publishing Studies faculty are active publishing industry professionals with at least 20 years of experience in book and magazine editing, design, marketing, and more.

The Outlook

English majors develop skills valued in every profession – abilities to write, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and explain complex information in a clear, concise and thoughtful way. Our graduates pursue successful careers in a wide range of industries and advanced degrees in areas such as publishing, education, public relations, law, advertising, journalism, broadcast media, government, and marketing. More on outcomes


Percentage of recent alumni reporting employment said they landed their position within 6 months of graduation. You can find these Hofstra English alumni at Family Circle magazineHoughton Mifflin Harcourt; McGraw Hill Education; Scholastic, Inc.; St. Martin's Press; and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.


Percentage of recent alumni in this program reported that they were employed, pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies within one year of graduation. 


The average annual mean reported salary for recent alumni, one-year post-graduation. 

Questions About Our Programs?

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Dr. Karyn Valerius
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