As an English major, you will take courses across a broad range of time periods, genres, approaches and cultural contexts--including film, and traditional and popular cultures. Our courses will teach you how to conduct original research and to develop skills in analytical and creative reading, thinking, writing and speaking. These skills will prepare you for success in a variety of professions as well as for general cultural literacy and active citizenship. The kind of aesthetic appreciation that results from English studies leads to lifelong pleasure in reading and writing.
The UB English Department is a proud member of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
Yes, a number of UB English majors become teachers or professors at prestigious universities across the country. But teaching is only one among many options for English majors. Learning how to analyze language and literature makes you a better thinker, writer, and communicator—skills that are essential for almost any occupation you could imagine. Our majors have gone on to successful careers in a wide variety of fields, as doctors, lawyers, civil servants, librarians, clergy, entrepreneurs, foreign aid workers, community organizers, musicians, translators, artists, veterinarians, and even martial arts instructors!
Many UB English majors go into creative writing or journalism, and some have won Pulitzer Prizes for their work. A number of our past majors now work for national newspapers and television or film companies (ABC, NBC, Paramount Pictures). Others have gone on to work as copy editors, TV and advertising writers, and magazine editors—including Editor of National Geographic and Associate Editor of Business Week. One English major became Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of New York and later went to work for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. Another major went on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology and wrote a New York Times bestseller.
Some of our most well-known English majors include Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of Miramax Films, film producer, and Academy Award winner; Tom Toles, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist; Stephen Liesman, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy winning economics reporter, currently working at CNBC; and Virginia Schaefer Horvath, Fredonia State College’s first female president.
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
427 Clemens Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0688
303 Clemens Hall
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Students choose from a variety of courses within every area of the English major and may develop concentrations in a variety of fields—including several historical periods, cultural studies, popular culture, ethnic literatures, film studies, creative writing, and critical theory.