The core English curriculum prepares students for positions that require reading, writing, critical and creative thinking abilities, as well as for graduate study in a variety of professional fields. The curriculum permits students considerable freedom in selecting areas of study but also requires students to work closely with their individual faculty advisors. In addition to studying the classics, you can choose from a variety of innovative courses on topics such as: Magical Realism, Understanding Africa, Writing for the Web, The Scottish Renaissance, Native American Literature, Imagining Trauma, Dystopian Literature, and Social Media.
- Small class sizes (12:1 student/faculty ratio) that encourage interaction with faculty members dedicated to teaching through personal attention to each student
- An emphasis on writing, further developed through the Professional Writing and Rhetoric specialization to cultivate communication skills that have practical application in employment situations
- Employment experience acquired through internships in local businesses and organizations
- Student-run publications: Insight, Daemen’s campus newspaper, and its literary magazine, The Iconoclast
- English Club activities, including poetry slams, the Shakespeare Banquet, and literary weekend trips
About the Program
Daemen’s Education programs are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from May 3, 2013-May 3, 2020. Learn More
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The concentration in Professional Writing and Rhetoric aims to prepare students to be effective, versatile, and ethical communicators across professional environments. Students in the PWR track will become well practiced in composing purposeful, powerful, and persuasive writing that suits differing audiences, contexts, and media. Our program encourages students to select coursework targeted toward their professional interests and strengths -- journalism, public relations, writing studies, and rhetoric -- while exploring principles and tactics employed in writing across public, workplace, and educational settings. Students and faculty in the PWR program recognize the power and dynamism of communication in the twenty-first-century workplace, and we work together to tailor courses, real-world writing opportunities, and the classroom environment to engage students in the kinds of investigative, enterprising, and creative strategies writing professionals use in their everyday work.
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The study of literature and writing will provide you with the communication and critical thinking skills that employers prize and that will enable you to succeed in a variety of occupations, some of which will directly relate to your English studies.
The skills fostered by our English major transfer to a wide variety of professional career paths,spanning the fields of public relations, media, medicine, law, technology, education, social services, and business. Our graduates go on to successful, productive careers, supported by the written and oral communications skills that their employers prize, skills that offer them the flexibility to meet the changing demands of the workplace. They are attorneys and librarians, teachers and journalists, entrepreneurs and health care professionals, poets and media specialists. Their diverse careers represent the unfolding possibilities that await those trained to think critically, speak articulately, and write persuasively.
Examples of career options for English majors include:
- Human Resources Specialist
- Advertising Copywriter
- Web Developer
- Managing Editor
- Public Relations and Media Specialist
- IT Project Manager
- Medical Humanities Consultant
- Proposal Manager
- Marketing Communications Director
- Technical Writer
Some English graduates decide to continue to graduate school to pursue advanced degrees in journalism, law, medicine, library science, finance, social work, or technology.
- Designer, HarperCollins Publishers
- Proofreader, FARM Buffalo
- Head of References Services and Lecturing Fellow, Duke University Law School
- Customer Care Agent, Yahoo!
- Graduate student in Media Studies, The New School
- Legal Assistant, Fullenweider Wilhite
- Representative, The Internal Revenue Service
- Correspondent, The Batavian
- Marketing Project Coordinator, H&K Publications
- Law Student, Charleston School of Law
- Publications Assistant, Bright Kids Publications
- Brand Manager, Nestlé Purina North American
- Co-Founder, Storillo
- Director, Withee Public Library
- English Teachers, Buffalo Public Schools, South Park High School, Syracuse City School District, and Las Vegas Public Schools
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English Communications/Public Relations
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I enjoy teaching British literature from a historical and cultural perspective, exploring the events and ideas influencing the production of the literary texts we study. I offer survey courses as well as more advanced courses in Shakespeare, the gothic, Victorian literature, and literary criticism and theory READ MORE