National Book Award Winner Terrance Hayes fields student questions on writing, inspiration and the creative process during campus visit.
The English Department at SUNY Old Westbury is dedicated to offering courses and activities that challenge our students to become better readers, writers, thinkers, and educators. Majors in the department study great works of literature, learn how to analyze literary texts and their contexts, improve their writing and thinking skills, and explore the nature and beauty of language.
Because we emphasize small discussion-based classes, students receive individual attention, flexibility in pursuing particular interests, and opportunities to work with faculty who possess a broad range of knowledge and experience in literature, writing, and language studies. Faculty members in the department are energetic teachers and scholars who often bring their research and creative endeavors into the classroom.
Committed to the living spirit of literature and to the enabling possibilities of language, the English Department provides a variety of curricular and co-curricular projects to involve students in that discovery and development which mark the enlightened and lively study of literature. The Department maintains a Poetry Center for the study of poetry and the development of individual talent. An Annual Student Conference on Language and Literature encourages students to present their own papers. Majors have opportunities to earn course credit as peer mentors and as peer tutors. Internships place students in legal, cultural and publishing venues under the supervision of professionals.
Graduates of this program will be excellently prepared to enter graduate school in Education/English Language Arts, including Old Westbury’s Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Arts 7-12, and for graduate study in the proliferating fields of Multicultural English Literature and World Literature. English continues to be one of the best preparations for law, business, and other professions.