Department of English

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The Department of English offers the opportunity for an education at undergraduate and graduate levels. You may choose from courses in British, American, European, and world literature, including minority and Non-Western literatures; linguistics, interpretative methods, and both critical and creative writing; and other areas, such as those focusing on special movements, themes, and genres, including drama and film. Majoring in English will help to guide you towards a lifetime of reading pleasure and creative fulfillment, and it can also provide you with essential skills for a successful career. With its emphasis on close reading and writing skills and its training in critical thinking—skills that are crucial in today’s high-tech global economy—the English major will help you acquire the tools that will allow you to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors, and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in English
  • Minor in English
  • MA in English (currently not accepting new students)
  • MFA in Creative and Professional Writing

A William Paterson degree in English helps you acquire the tools that will enable you to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors, and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world. Our graduate programs' rigorous course of study prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including secondary education and university-level teaching, book and magazine publishing and editing, journalism, copywriting, public relations, and professional writing. Teaching opportunities at William Paterson University are available to outstanding alumni.