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The power of written words remain a constant of every generation. In our English program in literary studies, you'll cultivate valuable skills in writing and critical thinking while exploring literary works by diverse writers. Courses stress the importance of critical reading, literary history, writing and research to provide you with a background suitable for many kinds of careers. Our diverse faculty teach and publish across the historical and theoretical spectrum, and students benefit from an interdisciplinary mix (for example, a course on crime fiction co-taught by faculty in English and sociology). Learn more

Creative writing

Oswego's intensive creative writing program allows you to explore and refine your writing skills in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting. You will study with accomplished writers/professors as you move from introductory courses to advanced workshops. Each genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting) has beginning, intermediate and advanced level courses. Even if you’ve never written in that genre, you’ll learn the basics, work through larger projects and progress to mastery. Critical thinking and communication skills are key components of all coursework. Learn more

Cinema and screen studies

Cinema and screen studies focuses on the history, theory and criticism of cinema, as well as of new and pre-cinematic screen media, with a sequence in screenwriting and digital film production. The program incorporates interdisciplinary options allowing you to link studies of moving images to exciting developments in cognitive science, computer and information sciences, and the other humanities, fine arts and social sciences. Learn more

English MA

Our master's in English meets the needs of elementary and secondary teachers seeking permanent certification, people interested in post-secondary teaching or writing, and those contemplating further study of English literature and language at Ph.D. granting institutions. For information see the master's program page or contact English graduate program coordinator Patrick Murphy at or 315.312.2616.

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