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Undergraduate Program in English

The English Department at Stony Brook combines the high academic standards of a major research university with the intimacy of a liberal arts college. In small classes (undergraduate courses average 23-4 students), students have the opportunity to interact closely with faculty who are active scholars and writers.

Students can choose among courses that range from ancient epic to contemporary global literature, and they can explore a wide range of themes, including gender studies; poetry and poetics; post-colonialism and immigration; disability studies; humanities and the environment; affect and memory; the relation of literature and science as well as of literature and art, music, and film.

A degree in English from Stony Brook provides the foundation for success in many fields. Our graduates have pursued careers as lawyers, authors, teachers, doctors, social workers, professors, television writers, computer coders, business CEOs, advertising and public relations executives, publishers, librarians, restaurant owners, and district attorneys.