English (BA, Minor)
Binghamton University, State University of New York
USD 7,070 *
Earliest start date
* for new York state residents | for out-of-state residents and international residents - $26,160
The Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric provides students the opportunity to study literature and language in their many manifestations. In addition to an English major, the department offers coursework in globalization and culture. Literature courses provide undergraduates with a foundation in literary history as well as an opportunity to explore a variety of genres while fostering critical reading and research skills; courses in globalization and culture explore cultural and literary responses to the emergence of global culture and the questions raised by this process; creative writing courses hone students' writing abilities and develop their unique voices; rhetoric courses deal with both the theory and practice of communication, as well as the history of oral and written argument.
Internships, Research Opportunities, and More
- English Department Internship Program
- Semester in London
The honors program in English consists of two courses taken in the student’s senior year: ENG 498, Honors Seminar; and ENG (RHET) 499, Honors Thesis (CW 499, Honors Portfolio). The designation of honors in English is awarded to students who receive at least a B+ grade in the Honors Seminar and at least an A– in the Honors Thesis or Portfolio.
In the major in English, the two honors courses take the place of two advanced electives. Majors concentrating in rhetoric or creative writing should consult the undergraduate director about how the honors courses may be substituted in their curricula.
Admission to the honors program is by invitation, limited to about 20 students per year, with preference given to students who have completed substantial coursework at Binghamton with the highest grade-point average. The program director may solicit a sample of the student’s written work in an English course and other information.
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!
Scholarships and Funding
High-performing students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
WRIT 111 - Inquiry and Academic Writing
WRIT 111 helps first-year students become stronger writers, speakers, and thinkers. The course treats writing as a process, emphasizes revision, and gives students practice in critical thinking and research writing, reinforcing the notion that writing conventions differ according to their rhetorical situations. Formal writing assignments include personal, civic, and academic genres. Prerequisites: first-year students only. Transfer and ESL students by approval of Writing Initiative only. 4 credits. Offered fall and spring semesters. Levels: Undergraduate
ENG 327 - British Literature I
British Literature from the Middle Ages to the Seventeenth Century (4 credits) Offered every semester Levels: Undergraduate
ENG 328 - British Literature II
British Literature of the 18th and 19th centuries. (4 credits) Offered every semester. Levels: Undergraduate
ENG 372 - American Literature
American Literature from the colonial era to the early 19th century. (4 credits) Offered spring or fall. Levels: Undergraduate
After You Graduate
The skills you will gain as an English major will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers by empowering you to express yourself in a clear and insightful manner. With a background in English, you will expand your written and oral skills. You will learn how to engage others by elaborating on, questioning, clarifying, describing, and arguing a range of points effectively. Your ability to express ideas and read critically will help you in careers and career fields that include but are not limited to:
- Arts Critic
- Business Administrator
- Creative Writer
- Digital Content Specialist
- Editor (Newspapers, Magazines, Print And Online)
- English As A Second Language (ESL) Teacher
- Grant Writer
- Marketing Representative
- Media Coordinator
- Public Servant
- Technical Writer
- University Professor