All students have the opportunity to add a Literature concentration or minor. Gain a sense of the historical development of the literary tradition with courses such as Literature of the Holocaust and Shakespeare.
School of Liberal Arts
An English Degree to Choose Your Path and Hone Your Craft
English Majors at Marist read, write, and create in a supportive community with many opportunities to hone their craft, share their artistry, and expand their horizons. A self-driven major enables you to choose the classes which interest you. Combine classroom work with hands-on experience to prepare for careers in publishing, education, public service, law, and many other fields.
Customize Your English Curriculum
Marist’s English program offers a broad interdisciplinary foundation, as well as concentrations in literature, writing, and theatre to enable you to choose coursework based on your unique interests.
Those with interests in theatre and drama can either concentrate or minor in Theatre. You’ll be able to take courses that cover all aspects of the theatre discipline, including Acting, Directing, Stagecraft, and many others.
Students with a passion for writing can explore numerous genres through courses in creative and professional writing, as well as composition and rhetoric. The program offers a concentration in Writing, as well as interdisciplinary minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing. Take courses like Fiction Workshop, Collaborative Writing, and Writing for the Digital Age
As an English major at Marist, you also have the option to prepare for a career in teaching by earning your Adolescence Education Teaching Certification in New York State through our 5-year BA/MA program.
Learn from Active Scholars in English
Our English faculty members are active scholars with a diverse range of specialties. They are teachers and mentors for our students, and they engage in one-on-one work with students in many areas, including Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Literature, and Theatre. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all English faculty members>
Dr. Fitzgibbons teaches courses such as Chaucer, Graphic Novels, and the History of the English Language. Her interests include disability studies, comics studies, and the parallels between medieval and modern literary texts. Dr. Fitzgibbons incorporates community-based learning in her courses with partners such as Literacy Connections.
Dr. Kotzin is a writing and American literature specialist with a focus on Jewish- American Literature. His Holocaust Literature course is a popular option for students inside and outside of the major. Dr. Kotzin is our Jewish Studies Coordinator and organizes important annual events such as the Holocaust Remembrance Event and the Effron Lecture in Jewish Studies.
Dr. Graham teaches creative writing and literature courses, including contemporary poetry and theory, creative nonfiction, travel writing/place studies, music and cultural studies, and Latin American literature. Her first-year seminars and special topics courses have included Travel Writing in the Time of Pandemic, Blues Poetry/Blues History, and Birth of the Cool: Jazz & 20th Century U.S. Culture.
Gain Hands-on Experience at Premier Internship Destinations
English majors at Marist gain hands-on experience toward their career goals by completing exciting internships at on and off-campus sites. The Albany Summer Internship Program, Tarver Summer Internship Program, Marist in Manhattan Program, the Writing Center, and the Hudson River Valley Institute are only some of the prominent avenues through which our English majors attain their internships. Check out some examples of previous internship locations:
The Opportunities are Endless. Enhance Your Degree with the Academic Triangle.
Marist’s liberal arts curriculum encourages an academic triangle approach: we encourage you to complement your major with an additional major, minor, or supplementary coursework, as well as internship and research experiences to round out your educational career. This trifecta enhances your academics, opening up a wide range of career opportunities after you graduate. Take a look at some real examples of how our English students have been successful with this method:
+ Writing Concentration
+ Philosophy Major
+ Spanish Minor
+ Theatre Minor
= Political Reporter, New York Post
+ Psychology Minor
+ Theatre Minor
+ Adolescence Education Certification
= Arts Academy Manager, Westhampton Beach Arts Center
+ Writing Concentration
+ Creative Writing Minor
+ Political Science Minor
= Editorial Assistant, Little, Brown, and Company Publishing
+ Literature Concentration
+ Philosophy Major
+ Spanish Minor
= Boston University School of Law; Associate Attorney, K & L Gates
My support system at Marist College has grown immensely since my time as a freshman. I have my professors, mentors, and advisors to thank for that. Studying abroad in Western Samoa and my Tarver Internship with Literacy Connections both shaped who I am today.
English Major, Global Studies Minor, Digital Video Production MinorRead Darriel's Story >
I never would have dreamed that at 23 I’d be working for a statewide political show and learning from the pros, but the liberal arts education I received at Marist prepared me. Marist’s small class sizes were a huge plus, as was the study abroad program. Because Marist is smaller in size, professors have more time to spend with you, so you develop relationships with the faculty in a way that’s hard to do at a larger school.
Dual Major English and Philosophy, Writing Concentration, Spanish and Theatre MinorRead Bernadette's Story >
One thing that made me attend Marist was the fact that I knew when I graduated I was going to be successful. The teachers, the staff, and the professors provide a community feeling, and people have pushed me to do better. I’m not just a number, people want me to do well. I also received a theatre scholarship - I love the program and everyone in it.
Fashion Merchandising Major, English, Business, and Theatre MinorRead Cameron's Story >
I can’t picture myself in a career that doesn’t allow me to write. Ultimately, my dream is to work in the magazine world and continue to write about issues I care about like wellness, culture, and gender, and Marist is preparing me for that.
Communication Major, English MinorRead Sarah's Story >
Since I’m from New York City, I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t too far, and Marist is the perfect distance. I really loved the academics and opportunities Marist had to offer, and when I came to visit I instantly fell in love with the campus. My internship was a really great experience and I learned so much. I really loved being able to work and immerse myself in the community and make an impact on people’s lives.
English Major, Writing Concentration, Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Public Relations MinorRead Riana's Story >
I chose Marist because it had everything I wanted in a college. Most of the students live on campus, so it has an amazing community feeling. The classes are small, so all of my professors know me by name and say hello to me on campus. And, it's close to New York City, which was important to me because I love NYC and it has so many journalism opportunities.
Communication Major, Journalism Concentration, English and Digital Video Production MinorRead Paige's Story >
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.