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.
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 Writing, English, and Publishing Studies. As well as a BA/MFA in English and Creative Writing.
The Student Experience
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.
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
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.
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
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Percentage of recent alumni in this program reported that they were employed, pursuing or planning to pursue graduate studies within one year of graduation.
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More About Us
Writing YA with a Middle Eastern Flair
During her senior year, Hebah Uddin '17 celebrated the publication of her first novel, "The Gauntlet," a YA adventure story with a Middle Eastern flair. "The Gauntlet" – which Uddin wrote under the pen name Karuna Riazi – is about a trio of friends from New York City who find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children.
Publishing by the Numbers
Ben Suazo ’14 juggled majors in English and Global Studies while he was a student. While many English students are focused on the writing and editing aspects of publishing. Suazo, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa, found his niche working with data and interpreting industry trends.
Alum is SAT Insider
Amanda Filchock ’15 grew up loving books, but was unsure how to channel her passion into a career. She was intrigued by Hofstra’s Publishing Studies Program and after graduating in 2015 was hired by The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that promotes college readiness and administers exams such as the SATs, PSATs and Advanced Placement tests.
Praise for Professor's New Novel
"An Elegant Woman," the fifth novel by Professor of English Martha McPhee, a core faculty member in the MFA program in Creative Writing, is generating buzz in the literary world. Drawn from Professor McPhee’s own family history, "An Elegant Woman" is a story of discovery and reinvention, following four generations of women in one American family.
Hofstra University is home to the respected academic journal Twentieth-Century Literature (TCL), which publishes essays, reviews and awards the annual Andrew J. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism. Professor Lee Zimmerman serves as the publication's academic editor.
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