• A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick professor helping a student during class.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.


What is this major?
The love of words and joy in the creative use of language form the basis of literary study. That study emphasizes the rich heritage and diversity of American and British literature and includes works from other cultures. The Department teaches a disciplined approach to reading this literature and writing about it, from a wide range of critical perspectives.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • teacher
  • journalist
  • public relations assistant
  • management trainee
  • mass media assistant
  • publishing assistant
  • editorial assistant
  • professor
  • lawyer
  • technical writer
  • copy writer
  • research journalist
  • public information specialist
  • entertainment agent
What skills will I improve/gain?
Influencing and persuading, presenting alternative points of view, editing texts, clarifying ideas, making oral presentations, problem-solving, developing hypotheses, comparing interpretations, summarizing ideas, thinking independently, writing creatively, understanding the narratives of daily life

Who employs graduates from this major?
Magazines and newspapers, book publishers, schools, colleges/universities, public relation firms, telecommunications organizations, radio stations, consulting firms, business and industry, non-profit organizations, libraries

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Student-designed concentrations in literature or creative writing
  • Extensive variety of courses
  • Opportunities to work with faculty as researchers or editorial assistants on scholarly projects

Visit the English Department Web page.

Department Chair
Thomas Travisano, 607-431-4907, travisanot@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.