Undergraduate Studies

The English Major

The curriculum of the English major at the University at Albany fosters two fundamental abilities: the first is critical thought and interpretation; the second is thoughtful expression.

Students of English Studies pay attention to language, literature, and culture in their historical and theoretical contexts; in their aesthetic and practical dimensions; and in their social, as well as political significance. Working with the Advisement Office and a Faculty Mentor, students tailor a program of study that develops specific areas of intellectual interest, while preparing for post-graduation goals.

The Department offers a variety of special programs to its majors, such as the English Honors Program, a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (International Honors in English), the Writing Center, and undergraduate internship opportunities. English majors have gone on to successful careers in education, law, editing, publishing, medicine, theater and film, broadcasting, politics, public policy and administration, advertising, and librarianship, to name just a few!