English Department

Hartwick English Class

English Department Overview

Hartwick English students learn to think critically and creatively about a broad range of literature and to express these ideas in clear and powerful prose. Creative writing students learn to apply such literary knowledge to the art and craft of writing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Above all, Hartwick English prepares graduates for fields of endeavor in which critical thinking, creativity, and effective writing will be essential skills throughout their lifetimes.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick English students complete research and internships and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.

Graduate School

MLitt candidate, University of Edinburgh
Marc Berry ’18

MFA candidate, Chapman University, Orange, California
Alexander Athanail ’17

PhD candidate, Plant & Microbial Biosciences, Washington University, St. Louis
Kevin Blake ’17

MFA candidate, Tisch School of Dramatic Writing, NYU
Summer Wysocki ’17

MA, “Fashion Brand Marketing,” Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design and Marketing, Florence, Italy
Cosima Compton ’16


Communications Coordinator, Enrollment Management Division, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science
Meghan (“Mae”) Shea ’18

Digital Marketing Manager, Cambridge Business Publishers
Dana Vinyard ’16

Teacher, Milford Central School, Milford, New York
Katlyn Naubereit ’15

English Requirements

Ready to be an English major or minor? Here’s what it takes.

English Major and Minors

English Courses

Hartwick English offers a diverse catalog of courses in literary studies, expository writing, and creative writing. Our course topics range from Viking literature to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien to fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshops. Class sizes are kept small to ensure close, one-on-one collaboration between students and professors.

Current Course Offerings

Special Opportunities

Want to write for Hartwick’s student newspaper, Hilltops? Help produce our undergraduate literary journal, Word of Mouth? Join the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau? Become a tutor in the Writing Center? Attend readings and meet visiting authors from all over the world? These opportunities and more await you at Hartwick.

More About Special Opportunities

English Faculty

Dedicated teachers and scholars who put their students first, English Department faculty have been recognized by young alumni and colleagues for their teaching and scholarly work. The coveted Margaret B. Bunn Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching was awarded in 2002 to Professor David Cody, and has twice been awarded (2010, 2016) to Professor Susan Navarette.

Meet Our English Faculty

Still Have Questions?

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