English Program immerses students in literature dating from the Middle
Ages through the present. Through the study and analysis of a variety
of literary texts, critical and theoretical approaches (including, among
others, new historicism, reader-response theory, deconstruction, feminist
criticism, and post-colonial studies), and historical concepts, students
are afforded the opportunity to develop individual interpretations of
texts and to evaluate controversies surrounding the canon. Small-group
tasks, oral presentations, short papers, and longer research papers complement
lectures, discussion, and examinations. Travel and research grants are
available to our students, several of whom have presented at graduate
colloquia at Brooklyn College and at other universities throughout the
country and abroad, or had papers accepted for publication in journals.
have found new employment or enhanced their present careers in diverse
fields including education, publishing, writing for both for-profit and
non-profit organizations. Others have been accepted into doctoral programs.
(To find out more about our students and their activities, click on "Program Notes" in the left column.)
in the MA English Teacher program, as well as applicants, should also
consult with Professor Lynda Sarnoff, coordinator of English Adolescence
Education, for questions concerning the program's Education requirements.
The M.A. English Teacher
Program prepares students for a career teaching English from middle school
through high school. Study includes analysis of several genres of literature
from various historical periods, practical criticism and bibliographical
methods, and theoretical approaches. Topics in the history and structure
of the English language and the interrelation of language, culture and
society are also part of the curriculum. Classes offered in the School
of Education explore pedagogical issues and offer supervised field experiences.
The program leads to professional certification by the New York State
Our graduates are
extensively employed in the New York City public schools and in those
of neighboring communities; some have been accepted to doctoral programs
in education across the country.