Department of English

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Writers create worlds. The English Department offers students a chance to enter the worlds of the greatest storytellers in the history of the English language, as well as the opportunity to create their own worlds under the guidance of master writers. Undergraduates can choose concentrations in either literature or writing, and a minor in English is also available. Graduate students can take courses leading to a Master of Fine Arts in Creative & Professional Writing. A major or minor in English is also a great path to a career or to graduate or professional study. With its emphasis on close reading and writing skills and its training in critical thinking—skills that are crucial in today’s high-tech global economy—the English major will help you acquire the tools that will allow you to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors, and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world. But don’t just take our word for it. Click on the “Why Major in English” link on the menu to your left and find out what others have to say about a degree in English.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in English
  • Minor in English
  • MA in English (currently not accepting new students)
  • MFA in Creative and Professional Writing

A William Paterson degree in English helps you acquire the tools that will enable you to flourish in a wide variety of career paths in the private and public sectors, and will give you career flexibility in a constantly changing world. Our graduate programs' rigorous course of study prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including secondary education and university-level teaching, book and magazine publishing and editing, journalism, copywriting, public relations, and professional writing. Teaching opportunities at William Paterson University are available to outstanding alumni.