Pursue a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English Language & Literature
The study of literature not only exercises our skills of interpretation and critical thinking, but also gives us access to the history and ideas that have shaped our world.
Take this unique opportunity to study in Central Europe with the University of New York in Prague´s and the State University of New York, Empire State College’s talented American and international English language and literature instructors. The Czech Republic’s literary history spans languages, genres, and centuries, and includes such notables as Karel Čapek, Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, and Bohumil Hrabal. Appropriately, the program includes a significant emphasis on comparative world literature. It offers courses that foster competency in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, cross-cultural understanding, and literacy. A distinctly global focus includes (but is not limited to) works by African-American, North American, Caribbean, and Latin American authors.
The program’s interdisciplinary focus fosters the development of broadly educated individuals who are able to apply their knowledge and skills creatively and flexibly in a broad range of situations and prepares them for a wide range of careers, or for further study at the postgraduate level. Concentrations in literature, communications, and cultural studies are preparation for the fields of education, law, public relations, and social media. This four-year degree is awarded by the State University of New York, Empire State College.
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Main study areas for the English Language & Literature program:
Literature, Literary History, and Literary Criticism
Language and Culture
Applied, Professional, and Research Writing
The SUNY Empire State College bachelor of arts degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in English Language & Literature will:
introduce students to the history of English literature and the discipline of literary criticism and interpretation;
develop the critical thinking and interpretive skills, research skills, and information literacy needed to enable successful graduates to find work in a broad range of fields, or to pursue further study at the postgraduate level;
develop, to a high degree, the students’ abilities to interpret written communication, to create analytical and interpretive arguments, and to express themselves in complex, polished English prose.
What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in English Language and Literature?
Successful graduates interested in further study may progress to master’s degrees and doctoral programs in:
Media and Communication Studies
Graduates who enter the job market with skills in English Language and Literature find employment in a wide range of professions, often those emphasizing research skills; analytic and interpretive skills; production of written materials; and communication, whether oral or written.
Lower-level compulsory English Language & Literature courses
Introduction to University Studies
English Composition 1
English Composition 2
Computers and Applications
Introduction to Literature
American Literature 1600-1865
American Poetry or British Poetry
Analysis and Interpretation of Literature
History of the English Language
Introduction to Linguistics
Reason and Argument
Upper-level compulsory English Language & Literature courses
American Literature 1865-present
Exploring Place: Humanities
Literary Interpretation as a Method of Inquiry
Myths, Symbols and Fables in Literature
Shakespeare or other Author
US Multicultural Fiction
Senior Project Proposal
Senior Project Thesis
Complementary and elective courses
In consultation with their academic advisor, students may choose complementary courses to focus on a certain literary genre, period, or theme; or may focus on a particular area of applied skills such as news writing, public relations, teaching English, or translation.
Each semester, students select elective courses in consultation with an academic advisor, choosing from a wide range of courses, including honors courses and courses in UNYP’s other majors (such as Business, Communication & Media, International Relations, and Psychology).
Please note that students must also fulfill the General Education requirements as part of their bachelor’s degree program.
Our admissions team is ready to answer your questions or help you with your application! Our team can also arrange a campus visit to meet our students and professors or sit in on a class. If you would like to try the UNYP experience you can even be a UNYP student for a day.
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