The power of the written word remains a constant for 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, 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).

Launch your career


Minors that may interest you


Present papers at regional and national research conferences. Publish your work in The Oswegonian student weekly, Great Lake Review creative writing journal and Exist e-publication. Excel and join the Oswego chapter of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. As a senior, enroll in Words in the World, for an opportunity to break into the real world of professional communications by designing and producing writing and research-related projects for businesses and non-profit organizations.


Opportunities include

  • Corporate communications
  • Activism and advocacy
  • Video game development
  • Teaching
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Public service

Graduate studies may include

  • Advanced study in English
  • Writing
  • Law
  • Public policy
  • Business

“My English major strengthened my writing and grammar, and when I began to take creative writing courses, I realized that not only did I like to write, but I also liked to work with other people’s writing. It is my dream to work at a big publishing house, and I know with hard work and determination, I will one day be working my dream job.”

— Mary Kate Cornfield ’14