Bachelor of Arts in English


The English language is a powerful tool. Nyack’s bachelor’s degree in English will equip you to wield it with confidence and artistry. Through the program, you’ll learn to analyze and appreciate great works of literature while also honing your skills in communication, persuasion, and creative expression.

Why Study English at Nyack?

In addition to a strong curriculum, expert faculty members, and biblical integration, Nyack’s English program offers several key advantages:

  • Small, seminar-style classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.

  • You have an opportunity to publish your work in The Fine Print, Nyack’s student-run creative writing journal, published each semester.

  • Nyack’s location in Manhattan—one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas-- is ideal for internships and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

As an English major at Nyack, you will focus on developing your ability to speak and write with clarity. You will also deepen your understanding of the uses of language as a means of interpretation, persuasion, and critical thinking from a Christian perspective. Some topics and course highlights include:

  • Creative writing in poetry and fiction

  • British Romanticism and Renaissance literature

  • Race and ethnicity in American literature

  • Overview of 20th and 21st century literary theory

  • Major approaches in critical theory

  • Shakespeare's plays

Career Opportunities

A degree in English provides exceptional preparation for careers in communication fields such as journalism, education, media, and technology. As a well-equipped professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in rewarding professions such as:

  • Author/editor

  • Journalist

  • Publisher

  • Researcher

  • Director of public relations

  • Curriculum developer

  • Educator

Our Graduates

Many of Nyack’s English major graduates continue their education, while others move directly into careers. Professional highlights include:

  • Entrepreneurial company manager

  • Theatre consultant

  • University professor

  • Corporate consultant

  • Writer

  • Educator

  • Magazine editor

  • Doctoral candidate
​Key Faculty

Dr. Charles Beach

Professor of English
Phone: 4522
B.A. Houghton College; M.A., Ph.D. Baylor University

Beverley Crawford-Locke

Lecturer in English/Director of Writing Center
Phone: 4441
B.A. Nyack College; M.A., Ed.D. (ABD) Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Jonathan Gates

Professor of English
Phone: 4523
B.A. Houghton College; M.A. Miami University; Ph.D. Drew University

Dr. Elaine Lux

Professor of English
Phone: 6151
B.A. Queens College; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. The Union Institute

Bradley McDuffie

Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 4520
B.A. Nyack College; M.A. SUNY New Paltz; Ph.D. Indiana University of PA

Dr. Kevin Pinkham

Associate Professor of English
Phone: 4526
B.A. Nyack College; M.A. Baylor University; Ph.D. University of Southern California

Millicent Waterman

Assistant Professor of Academic Development
Phone: 6139
B.A., M.S. University of Guyana


Specialized Accreditation:  Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Concentrations:  American Literature, British Literature, TESOL, Writing


“I love studying English at Nyack because of the encouragement that I receive from professors to study areas of literature that I’ve never touched before.” Katie O’Sullivan, Class of 2016