Our innovative program exposes students to a variety of contemporary and classical literature—from Milton to Maya Angelou—and invites students to explore the power of the word. While providing an intensive background in literature, the curriculum is rooted in the broader liberal arts tradition. Students are encouraged and enriched by viewing literature across disciplines and examining the historical and cultural significance of texts. Thus, our graduates develop a well-rounded appreciation for the beauty of language and literature.
Choosing from a wide variety of academic options, students can tailor their studies to focus on their own interest areas—from ancient religions or computer programming to environmental science or Japanese. They can tackle gender questions in the women's studies program or explore new traditions through multicultural studies. By taking courses that complement their work in the English literature program, our students enhance their knowledge base and develop practical skills that lead to career success.
Some students enrolled in the English literature major choose to pursue New York State Teacher Certification in English at either the early childhood/childhood or adolescence level, offered in conjunction with the Nazareth College Education Department. Nazareth English education students study literature and composition in-depth, while pursuing additional course work in current educational methodology. Our English education graduates are well-rounded and have the exceptional skills, creativity, and flexibility required to face the challenges of the classroom in the twenty-first century.
Graduate student at Brandeis University; recipient of internship with Anita Hill, professor of social policy, law, and women's studies
“Obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College helped prepare me for my future both academically and personally. The wide range of knowledge I learned in the classroom was taught by professors who inspired me to apply that knowledge in all aspects of my life.”