English Major & Minor


An English degree: Applicable to every job, everywhere.

Whether you want to become a teacher, a writer, or something else entirely, Hartwick’s English major has something to grab your interest. Hartwick English students come to realize that language and the imagination can create worlds which, like ours, delight, disturb, and challenge. The study of literature, therefore, helps students understand the world in which they live and their places in it.

  • Engage in a sensitive, subtle search for meanings
  • Explore our diverse literary heritage
  • Release the imagination
  • Write! Write! Write!

Where degrees in English can take you.

Hartwick English majors, whether concentrating in creative writing or literature, learn how language and the imagination create worlds. Through analysis, critique, and debate, students become better able to express their own ideas and understand the world.

Select a program that suits your passion.

Hartwick’s English Department offers two programs, each with its own requirements. In addition, students may choose to obtain New York state teacher certification in English.

  • Literature: A wide range of courses in canonical American and British literature, women’s literature, literary theory, ethnic literatures, regional literatures, period surveys, and major authors.
  • Creative writing: Courses in writing fiction, poetry, play-writing, and creative non-fiction

Beyond the basic.

Through the Visiting Writers Series, students have been able to interact with writers like Nobel Laureates Joseph Brodsky and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Donald Justice and N. Scott Momaday; former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; and authors Jamaica Kincaid and Joyce Carol Oates. Each fall, exciting new poets and fiction writers lead special workshops for students in the New American Writing Festival.

Putting English to work.

Hartwick English majors graduate with verbal and analytical skills that serve them well in a variety of occupations. Many have completed advanced study at prestigious institutions.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • Skidmore College
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Winston Preparatory School
  • University of Nice 

Recent Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • Goddard College
  • University of California at Davis
  • The Actor’s Studio
  • Mary Baldwin College

Meet the English faculty.

Hartwick’s expert English faculty are future-focused. They work closely to inspire students who are meant for more. Students who will change the world into which they graduate in countless ways. Hartwick students.

Robert Bensen
Professor and Director of College Writing, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of focus:
poetry and literary criticism; creative writing; Milton and 17th century British literature; American Indian and Caribbean Literature.
David Cody
Babcock Professor of English, Ph.D., Brown University
Areas of focus:
19th century American literature and culture, the relationship between English and American literature; science and literature; the literature of imperialism; the literature of horror
Lisa Darien
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
Areas of focus:
literature and culture of northwest medieval Europe; Old English, Middle English, Old Norse-Icelandic; women and gender; hagiography; the reception of the medieval; Shakespeare
Susan Navarette
Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of focus:
genre and cultural studies, the English novel; 19th century British culture and society; women's literature and culture; the influence of 19th and early 20th century scientific theory on literary form; contemporary popular responses to technology and scientific discovery
Robert Seguin
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Duke University
Areas of focus:
modern and contemporary American fiction, contemporary literary and cultural theory, the fictional treatment of money, work, and social class, on the representation of intellectuals and other knowledge workers in the novel, on the nature of globalization as a new mutation in the capitalist system, science fiction.
Julia Suarez Hayes
Assistant Professor, Writing Center Coordinator, MA, State University of New York at Oneonta
Areas of focus:
creative writing; composition; grammar; American literature; American Romantics
Thomas Travisano
Professor, Ph.D., University of Virginia
Areas of focus:
Areas of focus: modern and contemporary American literature and in American poetry; Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell
Jake Wolff
Assistant Professor, M.F.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison; Ph.D., Florida State University
Areas of focus:
creative writing; fiction; non-fiction; contemporary American short stories and novels; medical writing in fiction and nonfiction; historical fiction

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick English experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.


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