The English Department offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and literature, designed to meet the needs of a richly diverse student body. We emphasize writing as a creative and rhetorical act and the analysis of texts in historical, critical, and cultural contexts. Our degree programs feature coursework in cultural criticism, literary analysis, the essay, rhetoric, and professional writing, as well as creative writing. The rigorous study of literary and cultural texts — from the canon and from traditions historically excluded from academic study — is at the center of our work. Read our official Mission Statement and see below for more information about each degree program.

See our blog, The Longest Island, for up-to-date information about this program and news about the English Department and its events.

  Undergraduate Programs   Graduate Programs
B.A. in English
M.A. in English

M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Faculty & Administrators


The Writing Center


Clubs & Events

The English Department organizes a variety of programs and occasional events that provide students with valuable opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow students, with members of the faculty, and with a wide range of guest speakers and other campus visitors.


Awards & Prizes

Each year, the English Department gives a number of awards and prizes to graduates of its BA, MA, and MFA programs.


Blog, Social Media & Publications

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The English Department maintains a vibrant presence online with our blog -- The Longest Island -- and with our various social media channels. We also publish three literary journals. Downtown Brooklyn: A Journal of Writing is the literary magazine of the English Department. Brooklyn Paramount is the print literary magazine of the Creative Writing MFA program. And visceral brooklyn is the online literary magazine of the Creative Writing MFA program.



Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

David Cohen, Dean