About the English Major


About the English Major


Nyack College’s broad and varied program in English has been lauded as excellent preparation for graduate study in literature. It has also been viewed traditionally as a solid foundation for graduate school. Study in the English major effectively prepares students for participation in public life – whether the arts, education, law, politics, public service, ministry, or business. You will be challenged by professors who are committed to working with you in and out of the classroom and through regular advisement, fieldtrips, and special events.  Normally, upper level English classes have 8-12 students, which allows for lively discussions and regular interactions with the professor and classmates.

Those students who intend to major in English and Adolescent Education will be pleased to know that we are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

English majors may choose to gain valuable practical experience working on the school newsmagazine, The Forum; serving as a peer leader in our Writing Studio program, and editing and writing for the school literary journal, The Fine Print,   Many majors also work for our Writing Center to hone their skills and gain additionally training.  Students may choose to participate on or offstage in college dramatic productions.  In addition to the numerous on campus opportunities, eligible students may also study at Oxford, with the Oxford Honors Program, work in film at the LA Film Institute, intern in journalism at the Washington D.C. program, or participate in other off campus study opportunities in cooperation with the CCCU and Nyack College.  Students may choose to arrange for an internship in publishing, a not-for-profit organization, or other English-related internship as well. 

This major is offered at the Rockland Campus and the Manhattan Campus.

Major Field Component

ENG201             Global Literature I         or            ENG202 Global Literature II

ENG312             Literary Criticism

ENG463             Shakespeare                or             ENG 465 Milton

ENG 401            Themes of Faith in Literature

ENG470             Topics in Literature

            Electives from upper level English (21 credits)

Concentrations (15 credits)
British Literature

ENG255 Legends of King Arthur            ENG 326 Victorian Literature

ENG259 Oxford Christian WritersENG 334 Modern Poetry

ENG321 Medieval Literature                 ENG 336 19th Century Novel

ENG322 Renaissance Literature            ENG 337 Modern Novel

ENG324 18th Century English Lit.          ENG 465 Milton or ENG 463 Shakespeare

ENG325 Romantic Literature

American Literature

ENG231 Modern Drama                      ENG331 African-American Literature

ENG328 American Romanticism           ENG334 Modern Poetry

ENG329 American Realism                  ENG338 Contemporary American Novel


EDT341 General Meth. in TESOL            ENG353 Eng. Gram. & Phonology

EDT342 Meth./TESOL: Lang. Arts           ENG354 Second Lang. Acquisition

ENG352 Hist. of the Eng. Lang.


ENG235 Introduction to Journalism       ENG352 Hist. Of English Language

ENG311 Creative Writing                     ENG364 Writing Theory

ENG339 Newswriting                           ENG441 Adv. Expository Writing

ENG332 Magazine Writing                    ENG443 Adv. Poetry Workshop

ENG340 Bio, Autobio, Memoir              ENG445 Fiction Writing


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