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 courses in 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 comprised of active professionals who teach classes in editing, book design, industry-standard publishing software systems, and marketing. A Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Publishing Studies is available for those with an interest in publishing who have already earned a bachelor's degree.
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 English 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; publishing studies; and medicine, culture, and society.
Learn from the Experts
Learn from a distinguished faculty of active scholars, creative writers, and publishing professionals. English faculty have been recognized with prestigious awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Student Experience
Hofstra's proximity to New York City enriches the curriculum and provides incomparable access to internships and experiential learning, while our event series and in-house literary journals offer opportunities right on campus.
Internships and Experiential Learning
Being a short train ride away from New York City makes it possible for English majors to intern with 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. The Hofstra Center for Career Design and Development is available to help students identify internship opportunities.
Students may also get involved with the in-house literary journals Windmill and AMP and earn credit toward their degree.
Sigma Tau Delta
Hofstra is home to a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. The department sends invitations to eligible juniors and seniors in the spring semester.
Additionally, advanced students may choose to earn departmental honors by completing an honors project, either a researched essay or a creative manuscript. Interested students should consult with a department advisor and/or a faculty member who they would like to director their honors project.
Great Writers, Great Readings Series
Bestselling, 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.
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 in this program reported that they were employed, pursuing, or planning to pursue graduate studies within one year of graduation.
Percentage of recent alumni reporting employment said they landed their position within six months of graduation. You can find these Hofstra English alumni at
- Anton Media Group
- HarperCollins Publishing
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Macmillan Publishing
- Massachusetts State Senate
- McGraw Hill Education
- Penguin Random House LLC
- Scholastic, Inc.
- Simon & Schuster
- St. Martin's Press
- Walt Disney Company
- W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
The average annual mean reported salary for recent alumni, one year post-graduation.
More About Us
Alum's Debut Novel Receiving Acclaim
Michelle Hart '11 began writing "We Do What We Do In The Dark" while she was still a student in Professor Martha McPhee's creative writing class. For this reason, returning to campus as part of the Great Writers, Great Readings series in the fall 2022 was a very full-circle moment for the alum. (Photo by Candice Singh)
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 to save themselves and generations of other children.
Publishing by the Numbers
While many English students are focused on the writing and editing aspects of publishing, Ben Suazo '14, 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, generated buzz in the literary world in 2020. 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.
Remembering Alumnus and Pulitzer-Winner Stephen Dunn
The Hofstra community is saddened by the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winner and alumnus Stephen Dunn ‘62, the author of 21 books of poetry and two books of prose, including Different Hours, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
Dunn donated his personal and professional papers to the Special Collections unit of Hofstra University’s Axinn Library. The Stephen Dunn Collection is a resource available to Hofstra students, faculty and members of the literary community.
Hofstra University is home to the respected academic journal Twentieth-Century Literature (TCL), which publishes essays, and reviews and awards the annual Andrew J. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism. Professor Lee Zimmerman serves as the publication's academic editor.
Dana Brand Prize
Students' Writing Talents Honored
The writing talents of two Hofstra students were recently honored with the Dana Brand Prize, an award named for a popular English professor who passed away in 2011. May 2022 graduate Zachary Parrish received the award for “The Consequences of Denialistic Responses to Atrocity,” an essay of literary criticism. Katherine Choma ‘23 is the prize’s first recipient for a work of creative nonfiction: “The Things They Will Tell You/The Things I Wish I Said.”
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