English Major & Minor

An English degree: The key to every job, everywhere.

Where degrees in English have taken Hartwick graduates.

Hartwick College English majors are trained to analyze, decode, and understand the thematic and cultural significance of literary texts. The ability to read analytically and write critically is immediately/importantly applicable to an array of fields.

Hartwick English major graduates are currently pursuing careers as:

  • Lawyers and legal mediators
  • Social media and communication workers specialists
  • Film-makers and film editors
  • Fashion and design brand managers
  • Print and digital editors
  • Webpage designers and developers
  • News correspondents
  • Science writers, sports writers, technical writers
  • Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  • High school teachers and university professors

Alumni & Students

Samantha Salvatore ’15

William Day ’19

Alexander (Alex) Athanail ’17


Dan Pezzetta ’21

Madison Draper ’19

Rachel Weir ’19

Kevin Blake ’17


Putting English to Work

Hartwick alumni at work.

Hartwick English majors acquire verbal and analytical skills that introduce them into a variety of occupations.

  • Cambridge Business Publishers
    Harper’s Magazine
    Northwestern Mutual
    YMCA of Greater Boston
    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Scientific American
    University of Nice

Alumni in graduate school.

Many have completed advanced study at prestigious institutions.

Cornell University
Chapman University
University of California at Davis
Washington University, St. Louis
Mary Baldwin College
Southern Connecticut State University
The Actor’s Studio

Beyond the basic.

Through the Visiting Writers Series, students have been able to interact with writers such as 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.

A closer look.

Hartwick’s English Department offers two majors, 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 Anglo-American and postcolonial literature, literary theory, ethnic literatures, regional literatures, period surveys, gender studies, media studies, and major authors.
Creative writing: Courses in writing fiction, poetry, play-writing, and creative non-fiction


James Cochran

Director of the 21st-Century Writing Competency Program and Writing Center

David Cody

Professor of English

Lisa Darien

Associate Professor of English

Bradley J. Fest

Associate Professor of English

Susan J. Navarette

Professor of English, Department Chair

Robert Seguin

Associate Professor of English, Coordinator of Race & Ethnic Studies

Tessa Yang

Assistant Professor of English


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