Go on a Literary Journey and let it take you to the Career of your Dreams!
If you can read actively, write responsively, and think critically, you will be prepared for any job under the sun.
That's exactly what English majors learn at St. Francis College and our graduates have gone on to programs at Cornell University, New York University School of Dentistry, University of Iowa Creative Writing Program, and University of Notre Dame.
Find yourself. Find your voice. Find your future.
Be an English Major at St. Francis College.
English majors learn everything from classical texts to contemporary and popular culture. The experiences go well beyond the classroom. Through the Walt Whitman Writers Series, the $50,000 Literary Prize, and a strong collaboration with independent bookseller BookCourt, St. Francis College brings top authors to campus every semester including:
- Junot Díaz
- Stephen King
- Joyce Carol Oates
- Marlon James
- Maud Casey
So if you want to be anything from a writer or politician to a policy analyst or brand manager, becoming an English major is a crucial first step.
The English department recruits, supports, and retains faculty members who are active scholars and accomplished instructors to pursue a study and a discussion of humane ideas as they are found in the literature and culture of societies where English is the dominant or colonizing language. By association and membership in professional organizations, English faculty regularly participate in and contribute to the wider community of scholarship, research, and pedagogical theory in the disciplines of literature, writing, and cultural studies. We seek to serve the larger academic community and the local Brooklyn community through event programming and collaborative projects.
We provide our students with an education of the highest quality in American, British, and world literature and cultural studies. In writing, we integrate breadth with depth, recognizing tradition’s place in contemporary expression. We look to have our students become independent, self-motivated learners, confident in their research and synthesizing skills; we attract students from diverse geographical, professional, racial, and ethical backgrounds; and we encourage minority and foreign applicants as well as returning and adult learners.
To achieve these general goals, the Department of English operates three groups of programs: The Writing Program, The General Education Program Courses and Electives in English Language and Literature, The Major and Minor Programs.
A record number of mid-career writers are looking to claim the 2017 St. Francis College $50,000 Literary Prize, 50 more entries than for the 2015 edition of the contest.
It was the perfect day for an outdoor graduation at Brooklyn Bridge Park, as almost 400 St. Francis College students and thousands of friends and family celebrated the College's Spring 2017 Commencement, Wednesday, May 24.
St. Francis College now offers the opportunity to become part of that writing scene with its new MFA in Creative Writing beginning July 5 and led by new faculty member Marlon James, the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Brooklyn-based, rising star Tanwi Nandini Islam read from her novel, Bright Lines, and discussed her creative process at St. Francis College on April 20, 2017 as the latest author in the Walt Whitman Writers Series.
For a generation that has replaced words with emojis, the spoken word is still the most powerful way to make a point. On April 10, 2017, three students used their powers of persuasion to earn $1,200 in prize money at the College's Annual Delaney Speech Contest.
The Writing Program
- Students will improve upon inadequate writing preparation and poor written expression by enrolling in courses designed to remediate writing problems while allowing students to demonstrate competence in written expression..
- Students will develop skills, confidence and competence in written expression.
- In their writing, students will develop sound organization of thought, clarity in the structure of sentences and paragraphs, forceful, energetic prose and critical thinking.
- Students with second language and dialect interference problems will be able to move into the mainstream of standard written edited English.
The General Education Program Courses and Electives
- Students will increase their understanding of traditional genres by study in courses in major authors and in special topics courses on contemporary authors and trends.
- Students will refine their interpretive skills by being introduced to a variety of critical methods in courses on critical topics and the nature of literary analysis.
- Students will be able to discuss literary and cultural theories, enriching their understanding of a work.
- Students will be able to explain the richness and diversity of the social and ethical values in literature and their response to those values.
- Students will be able to demonstrate sine if their sensitivity to language and to literary structure in their own writing through the cognitive and affective aims of the required writing component of each course.
The Major and Minor Programs
- Students will be able to discuss and explain a variety of critical methods in courses on critical topics and the nature of literary analysis.
- Students will strengthen their response to literature upon completion of courses that focus on British, American, and international literary and cultural motifs.
- Through practice in careful, critical reading, students will develop a sense of literary and cultural theories, enriching their understanding of the texts they are examining.
- Students will develop skills, confidence, and competence in written expression through the required writing component of each course, by courses offered in advanced writing and research, and through courses in creative writing.
- Students will participate in internship opportunities and career counseling for both majors and minors to prepare them for graduate studies in English, as well as a wide range of careers.